Posted by Anna Strong on July 12th 2013
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has been closely following the debate about extending health care coverage to uninsured Arkansans. We supported passage of the Private Option extension of Medicaid, and in recent weeks we've been reviewing the draft federal waiver application that provides more details about how the Private Option will be implemented. Arkansas is currently taking comments from the public about ways the waiver application could be changed to ensure positive outcomes for Arkansans. We wanted you to see our initial reactions so that you, too, can make comments based on how this affects YOU.
We will be releasing official, very detailed comments next week, but in the meantime, we wanted to share our take on the Private Option and the draft waiver. We encourage our partners to make comments, too, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research shows that covering parents is one of the best ways to ensure children get health coverage and the health care they need, and the Private Option will help Arkansas move toward improved access to health care coverage for families. However, we do not want to go backwards on children's coverage as we move forward with changes to our health care system. Please don't hesitate to be in touch if you have questions about making comments or how the Private Option may affect you or your work. Thanks for raising a chorus of voices to protect children's health in Arkansas!