Private option success stories in West Memphis | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 17, 2015

Private option success stories in West Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families put together the video above, highlighting a business owner whose business has "benefited tremendously" from the private option, and Lauren Coopwood of West Memphis, a private option beneficiary who is working full time while her husband is pursuing a degree in chemistry as a full-time student. 

"Having the private option definitely helps us out and relieves the stress of not knowing whether or not we can afford to go to the doctor if we need to," Coopwood says. "Because this is just a stepping stone for us to get from where we're at now to where we're going." 

Of course, some in the Arkansas legislature are still angling to take Coopwood's health insurance away, and kick 250,000 other Arkansans off of the private option. Recently, state Sen. Bart Hester said that it would be "so great" and the "the best news of the year" if people like Coopwood lost their private option coverage. Hester's thoughts were favorited on social media by Sen. Jim Hendren, a co-chair of the Arkansas Health Reform Task Force, charged with finding health care solutions for the state. 

Perhaps they might consider Coopwood: 

If I knew that I wasn't going to have this insurance any more after tomorrow, it would definitely scare me. It would definitely put a lot of stress on me and my family on not knowing how we would be able to pay for health care and going to the doctor. 

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