The state's new Medicaid waiver is unlikely to immediately affect Good Samaritan Hospital in Benton County, which Standard & Poor's Corp. this week affirmed at A, the rating agency said in this week's CreditWeek Municipal.

The rating agency noted that Good Samaritan has applied for participation in the new program, which is designed to expand health insurance coverage to the 120,000 state residents living below the federal poverty line and to reduce the number of medical services covered.

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