Arkansas Gets Green Light for Private Medicaid Expansion
If the Arkansas legislature approves the plan, about 200,000 more residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line would be eligible for Medicaid funding, with the federal government paying all of the additional costs for three years and no less than 90 percent after that. What's unique about this plan, compared with other states, is that the Medicaid money would go to subsidize beneficiaries' private health insurance purchased via the online health insurance marketplaces, which could include some copay requirements, according to the report.
Funding private companies and attaching more choice and copay responsibilities makes expanding Medicaid more politically palatable for conservative lawmakers in the state, giving a Medicaid expansion bill a greater likelihood of passing than before HHS gave the green light for this new model.
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