3 things you should know about flat taxes
An ideal tax system is one that is fair and provides enough revenue for state programs that we all benefit from...

Education news as kids head back to school
As students head back to school, we thought this was a perfect time to update you on education news in Arkansas. ...

Economic hardship hurts Arkansas kids
Economic hardship during childhood is the leading Adverse Childhood Event (ACE) in Arkansas. It is associated with learning and behavioral problems for...

Arkansas had Nation's largest drop in uninsured, but challenges remain
As Arkansans rightly celebrate a remarkable decrease in the percentage of the state’s uninsured adults, it’s a good time to reflect on...

- View All

Follow Us RSS



You Tube

What's Happening What's New Sign Up for AACF Action Alerts Subscribe to Our Email Newsletters Join The Kids Count Coalition
AACF statement on passage of the Private Option
AACF statement on passage of the Private Option
Posted by Rich Huddleston on March 4th 2014

A statement from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Executive Director Rich Huddleson:

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families commends Arkansas lawmakers for supporting the Private Option. An overwhelming majority of our senators and representatives voted for approval. The appropriation also contains funding for Medicaid and ARKids First, which provide hundreds of thousands of Arkansans with affordable health coverage. Because of today's vote, up to 250,000 Arkansans will be able to get affordable health coverage and the sense of security that comes with it. More than 105,000 people have already enrolled and will see their coverage continue.

The Private Option will have a positive impact on our state budget. The Department of Human Services says it could save over $600 million over the next decade - funding that could go to pre-K, education, after-school programs, or other services that help our children. We still believe amendments restricting outreach and enrollment efforts are bad public policy, but we're happy to see this matter resolved. Arkansans are currently able to sign up for coverage through access.arkansas.gov/ or www.healthcare.gov.  In-person assisters and navigators are also available to help all around the state.

We want to thank Arkansas lawmakers for coming together on this issue that is so critical to our state's children and families.

Post your comment


No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments

Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
Union Station - 1400 West Markham Suite 306 - Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 371-9678 - Fax: (501) 371-9681 - Email: info@aradvocates.org