Extending Medicaid Through Private Health Plans: Reactions to Arkansas’s Private Option

The vote on whether or not to approve funding for Arkansas’s Private Option, a bipartisan solution passed during the 2013 legislative session to provide health coverage to low-income Arkansans by using federal dollars to buy private insurance plans, was one of the defining issues of the 2014 fiscal session. Lawmakers voted to appropriate the money needed to keep it going. That’s a huge win for families in Arkansas who need affordable coverage.

Read this brief report that summarizes Private Option benefits and things to look out for during the implementation process.