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Oct 9, 2014 | Bloomberg

GAO Says Congress Must Appropriate Funds In FY 2015 for ACA Risk Corridors Program

The program has become a contentious issue between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans. A Congressional Research Service memo in February said that money to fund the program must be appropriated by Congress (see previous article). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act (S. 1726) that would repeal the risk corridors program, and the legislation has been introduced in the House (H.R. 3541) by Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.).

Oct 9, 2014 | Washington Examiner

HHS will come to Congress if insurance 'risk corridors' need help

For now, this issue is under the radar. But if insurers do report excessive losses entitling them to large payments from HHS, it could lead to major showdown between the White House and Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., both introduced bills that would repeal the risk corridors.

Oct 9, 2014 | Ripon Advance

Griffin awaits meeting with President Obama on healthcare

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said on Monday that he had not yet been granted a meeting with White House officials to discuss the healthcare system that he requested in December 2013. Griffin reached out the White House after President Obama told opponents of the Affordable Care Act that “if you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me.” “I do not believe it is too late to get real healthcare reform right,” Griffin said. “My Republican colleagues and I want to create an open and innovative healthcare system that benefits all Americans, expands access, increases choice and lowers costs. We want to...

Oct 9, 2014 | Associated Press

Little Rock shelter gets $183K grant from VA

A shelter that serves homeless veterans in Little Rock has received a $183,750 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant was announced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Oct 9, 2014 | KTHV

Pryor, Boozman, and Griffin announce grant for Little Rock homeless veterans shelter

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2), announced on Thursday that St. Francis House received a grant for $183,750 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing services for chronically mentally ill homeless veterans in Little Rock. … "It is our duty as a nation to take care of the people who sacrificed for our country and our freedom. This funding is critically important to reduce veteran homelessness and provide assistance to homeless veterans with special needs at St. Francis House in Little Rock," Griffin said...

Oct 6, 2014 | Washington Examiner

Top GOPers, including a Cheney, are behind a new pro-Obamaphone ad campaign

“The biggest beneficiaries of this are the corporations that have been pushing these phones, and now they are spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign intended on making sure they can maintain their position at the government trough,” said Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., who sponsored a bill to eliminate the program. It is "a poster child of corporate welfare," and “I don’t think Republicans or Democrats can justify the money that has been spent on this program,” he said.

Oct 4, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Private option won't get cheaper Blue Cross plan

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, who joined the state's other House members in calling last month for the rates to be released, said in an email Friday that he was pleased they had been released "so that Arkansans may make informed decisions on health care for their families."

Oct 3, 2014 | Weekly Standard

House Members Urge Obama to Restrict Travel From Ebola-Ravaged Nations

All four members of Arkansas's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to President Obama urging the federal government to restrict travel into the country from African nations affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.

Oct 3, 2014 | Associated Press

Lawmakers urge safeguards to stop Ebola spread

Members of Arkansas' House delegation have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to take more steps to protect Americans against the spread of the Ebola virus. Republican congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton want the administration to consider implementing travel restrictions on countries affected by the virus and enforce immigration policies.

Sep 30, 2014 | Log Cabin Democrat

Grants, resiliency will only help Vilonia

Faulkner County’s five-month-long crusade to rebuild cities ravaged by the EF-4 tornado from late April could reach fruition with the help of a financial grant. On the afternoon of Sept. 22, U.S. Representative Tim Griffin announced during a news release that $201,000 worth of Economic Development grants would be allotted to Vilonia for tornado recovery efforts and business expansion.