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Re: “Health exchange rollout expected today

We have a little thing called an any willing provider law in Arkansas which provides some protections for Arkansas consumers from these repercussions that happen in other states.

Posted by BrotherWolf on 09/23/2013 at 7:50 AM

Re: “The "private option" for Medicaid expansion and budget neutrality

Anna and others misunderstand and conflate budget neutrality and cost comparability, the latter of which is tested via a waiver hypothesis over the duration of the waiver while the latter is a required showing for the waiver to be approved.

Posted by BrotherWolf on 08/26/2013 at 12:08 PM

Re: “ICYMI: Challenge planned on Obamacare laws; surprise, open carry may be legal in Arkansas

On the private option, why has no one pressed Mark Darr on his position, especially given that he has dreams of leaving the worthless Lt.Gov. position to really do some damage by running for the 4th District?

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Posted by BrotherWolf on 04/24/2013 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Report: Bloomberg looks to make 'example' of Mark Pryor

At this point, the Mayors should take their cue from the private option outcome. Outsiders meddling in statewide policy have not had a good run and will not be welcomed, no matter the message.

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Posted by BrotherWolf on 04/24/2013 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Managing Medicaid: A cautionary tale

I understand the brow-beating of the privatization in concept, but also realize that there are new protections in this case--which, of course won't alleviate all concern that profiteers will run amock with beating chests. The insurers here will have to spend 85% of the premium dollars on medical outlays, and if they don't they are required to rebate the difference to the consumer, or, in this case, the government payer of the premium.

Posted by BrotherWolf on 04/23/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Managing Medicaid: A cautionary tale

An important cautionary tale generally, yes, but it should be noted in fairness that the privatization contemplated by the Arkansas option does not equate to managed care, especially managed care that embraces capitated payments, induces skimping on care and ignores quality.

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Posted by BrotherWolf on 04/23/2013 at 6:56 AM

Re: “The costs of rejecting the "private option" and doing nothing

Actually, Karen, health insurance was for the first time tied to employment as a result of wage freezes during WWII, meaning that it was not a part of someone's pay. I hope your kids have a better knowledge of history than you; they may have a fighting chance. Also, 95% of Arkansas businesses are below 50 employees and are not subject to the employer mandates; perhaps your kiddos should apply at one of these organizations, which represent the overwhelming majority of Arkansas businesses.

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Posted by BrotherWolf on 04/15/2013 at 6:45 AM

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