Author: David Ramsey

Ramsey, a contributing editor at the Arkansas Times and the Oxford American, has written for The Paris Review, The New Republic, Kaiser Health News, Slate, Men's Journal, The National, Hemispheres, and elsewhere. Politico wrote that his “reporting for the Arkansas Times on his state’s unusual Medicaid expansion approach set the tone of a national conversation." He was named to the Washington Post's 2015 list of best state political reporters. His work has been anthologized in "Da Capo Best Music Writing," "Best Food Writing," "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing" and the Norton Field Guide to Writing.

After Biden nixes work requirements, Arkansas explores new path forward for Medicaid expansion

Arkansas will not request a continuation of its controversial “work requirements” policy when it applies for federal approval to renew Arkansas Works, the state’s Medicaid expansion program, according to a spokesperson for the state Department of Human Services. But in…

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Where are Arkansans catching COVID-19? The data is unclear, but it drives official decisions

Given the economic pain, Governor Hutchinson argued, tougher restrictions do not make sense because restaurants, bars, gyms and other types of businesses are not a significant source of spread. But the Arkansas Department of Health data that the governor is relying on appears to be too limited and incomplete to reach that conclusion.

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As COVID hospitalizations top 1K, doctors and nurses say health care system is stretched to its limits

“We cannot possibly continue at the current rates of exponential growth in the community,” the doctor said. “It’s not sustainable. I believe we’re looking at 10 days of wiggle room before there is nowhere to go and we’re looking at those sorts of crazy scenarios where there’s patients lined up in the hallway.”

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Renters face eviction threats during pandemic

At least 100 civil eviction complaints have been filed for nonpayment of rent in the state in the month of April, according to an analysis by an expert in housing law, a figure that represents a significant undercount in the total number of eviction actions because of limitations in tracking.

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