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State lawmakers to discuss 'private option' law

This article was published February 4, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are scheduled to discuss whether the federal waiver for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion conflicts with the state law that paved the way the measure last year.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Tuesday are scheduled to discuss the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion with officials from the state Department of Human Services.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income workers. It was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health-care law.

The expansion is at risk of being defunded when the Legislature convenes later this month. Opponents have questioned whether the federal waiver for the expansion complies with the state law.

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mlijune64 says... February 4, 2014 at 8:02 a.m.

Not the best way to comply with the aca. This is a work around that won't work try again boys and girls

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Goad says... February 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Give it up, and expand Medicaid. Cut out insurance companies and there profits. It will reduce cost. Let all the private option folks that don't qualify for Caid go back to ERS for care so everyone can pay increased ins. Premiums for their care. That's the status quo and insurance premiums have only been rising 15-20% for the past ten years. Good plan. Oh I guess the last 10 years of insurance increases was due to Obamacare.

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RHudson says... February 4, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Goad: Whatever it is you were trying to say makes no sense.

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lazybar says... February 4, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.

makes no sense since the inflated rates didn`t come until obozo rammed obamacare down our throats while he shoved everything else in our rears.feels like a liberal gangbang.

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Goad says... February 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

For those not understanding my comments, obviously you haven't been keeping up with healthcare cost inflation (ins. premiums) which have been rising 2 to 3 times regular inflation for the past 20 years. Health costs have grown from 12 to 18% of GDP in the past decade or so.. Actually last year was the first time in memory that health cost only went up at regular inflation rare. Could that be obozocare?

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nwar says... February 4, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

Thanks Goad, I'm afraid you do have o spell that out for the FOX News nation folks that like to comment here.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 4, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

Yep Goad, my health insurance Premiums went up 6 time of what they were after "O" care kicked in.

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