Model Arkansas way of expanding Medicaid at risk

by Andrew Demillo

Less than a year after its approval, Arkansas' much-heralded plan to expand Medicaid by buying private insurance for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls is on the brink of being abandoned. Supporters are worried that they won't have enough votes to keep the program alive after the Legislature convenes Monday.

Arkansas' plan would use federal money to purchase the policies for those who became eligible under the new health care law. Many Republicans believe will manage the benefits more efficiently than the Medicaid program. Arkansas' approach is being considered by other conservative states weighing a Medicaid expansion.

But Republican antagonism to President Barack Obama's health overhaul is intensifying. Health experts are watching to see if Arkansas' decision on its plan affects other states' actions.

Related Stories

Feds rule on health care law's Medicaid expansion

date Dec 10, 2012

(AP)—The Obama administration says Republican-led states must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law.

Recommended for you

Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

date Apr 25, 2015

Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday.

Text messaging useful for reaching 'at-risk' teens about sex

date Apr 24, 2015

Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.The ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.