Arkansas ‘Private Option’ of Medicaid Expansion Could Derail
Posted at 3:13 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2014
Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion compromise — viewed as an example of an innovative bipartisan alternative to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion — is in danger of falling apart.
National Journal: The “private option” plan “would use federal funding to provide health coverage to the state’s low-income residents.”
“Arkansas has influenced other states to attempt a similar private model. Iowa’s waiver has been approved, Pennsylvania is expected to submit its own to the administration shortly, and New Hampshire and Utah are both considering their own versions of the approach.”
“The state law only funded the program through June 30 of this year. To keep it going, the Legislature has to vote annually to renew the funding. If they don’t, program participants will lose their insurance coverage starting July 1.”
Public opinion on the issue is inconclusive.
TPM: “A new poll found that Arkansans support the so-called private option and want to continue it — 48 percent to 33 percent — if the question doesn’t mention that the state adopted it through Obamacare.”
“But if you add a reference to Obamacare, support drops significantly: 35 percent of residents support it and 39 percent oppose.”