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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More than 211,000 have gained health insurance coverage via the private option

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM


According to updated figures released from the Arkansas Department of Human Services released today, 211,611 have gained coverage via the private option, the state's unique plan using Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans. The policy has helped cut the uninsurance rate in Arkansas in half.

See county-by-county enrollment above. Most are enrolled in private plans; around 11 percent of those who've gained coverage have been deemed "medically frail" and routed to the traditional Medicaid program. Of around 211,611 who have gained coverage, 204,811 have fully completed enrollment into private plans or Medicaid, leaving around 7,000 who are still being processed. They will be covered by traditional Medicaid until their enrollment is complete.

Rep. Tom Cotton won't admit it, but he has voted to eliminate all funding for the private option multiple times. His express policy goal would take health insurance away from these 211,000 Arkansans. 

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