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Monday, February 24, 2014

82 Arkansas legislators covered by state employee insurance

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click to enlarge HOW DO YOU COMPARE? Here are rates for insurance enjoyed by 82 Arkansas legislators. Note: An earlier version of this charge that appeared on the blog was for 2013.
  • HOW DO YOU COMPARE? Here are rates for insurance enjoyed by 82 Arkansas legislators. Note: An earlier version of this charge that appeared on the blog was for 2013.

The state auditor's office today provided me with information I'd requested on participation by Arkansas legislators in the state's generous employee health insurance program.

The count: 59 House members and 23 senators are covered by the state of Arkansas, or 82 of 135 members. The office said federal privacy law prohibited the office from identifying the members.

Naturally, I'd like to know how many of those are among the 34-35 holdouts to approving the private option version of Medicaid expansion, which would provide some health insurance coverage to working poor people in Arkansas. Or, as one of the Republican opponents put it, a "handout."

You can see the rates for legislators here.

A legislator can cover him/herself and family under the Cadillac gold plan for $423 a month, with the state and plan surplus contributing $928 a month. There are zero deductibles for the gold plan which pays 100 percent after co-insurance requirements. Physician co-pay is $35 and specialist co-pay is $70. A legislator can choose the bronze plan for the legislator only and it's FREE. Read about the benefits here. Then ask your lawmaker, if he or she is among the opponents of Medicaid for working poor, which plan they are on.

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