Posted by Anna Strong on July 23rd 2013
As most of you know, AACF has been very involved in the ongoing discussion on the "Private Option" which extends Medicaid to uninsured adults by using Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for beneficiaries.
AACF has submitted public comments to the Arkansas Department of Human Services regarding the Private Option waiver. It's important that prominent child advocacy organizations and individual advocates, like you, make their voices heard. I hope you all can stand with us to protect kids! Please forward to others who might also be willing to comment.
We are solid supporters of the Private Option, but we want to make sure its implementation protects children and families in this state. The waiver includes many references to changing children's coverage (ARKids First) that could be interpreted very loosely, and there are also concerns about the precedent this model sets, through covering adults, for future children's coverage through this Private Option model.
We strongly support the idea of covering parents and families, but we don't want to go backwards and lose the gains we've made in children's coverage thanks to ARKids First. Benefits, cost-sharing, and other protections guaranteed by Medicaid need to be ensured for Private Option enrollees, especially if we move toward adding children to this model in the future.
Please feel free to use our comments as a guide for your own. You can cut and paste parts that are relevant or important to you or your organizations. Comments are due THIS WEDNESDAY July 24th at midnight to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to call Anna with any questions regarding your comments at 371-9678.