No, Obamacare Redeterminations Aren’t “Purges” Blindsiding Enrollees


No, Obamacare Redeterminations Aren’t “Purges” Blindsiding Enrollees Earlier this month, we reported that the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) was in the process of removing approximately 25,000 ineligible enrollees from Arkansas’ “private option” Medicaid expansion program. Redetermination is, essentially, the process DHS undertakes to ensure that those … [Read more...]

Taxpayers Out $378K For State Exchange Message-Testing, Polling


We reported last week on some of the suspect polling that the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (otherwise known as AHIM, or the state Obamacare exchange) was using to convince legislators that there is “overwhelming” public support for a state-funded Obamacare exchange in Arkansas. We also reported that AHIM had “tested over 100 different names for what the exchange … [Read more...]

No, There Isn’t “Overwhelming” Support For a State O’Care Exchange


There’s been no shortage of debate over whether Arkansas should move forward with a state-level Obamacare exchange. At a legislative hearing last week, Cheryl Smith Gardner, executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (the state Obamacare exchange) had this to say about support for a state exchange: We did a lot of surveying several months ago throughout … [Read more...]

Only 1% of Private-Option Enrollees Are Paying Into Health Insurance Accounts

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Only 2,000 to 3,000 of 250,000 “private option” Obamacare Medicaid Expansion enrollees -- that is, around 1% of them -- are making Health Independence Account (HIA) payments, according to a new report by the Foundation For Government Accountability (FGA). Remember HIAs? Those were erroneously called “health savings accounts” by “private option” advocates in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]

Legislature Considers Repealing State Exchange


We reported yesterday that Arkansas was “moving towards” setting up a state Obamacare exchange. However, based on multiple committee meetings I attended this week, some legislators are still rightfully skeptical of setting up a state exchange -- especially because this option has failed so many times in other states. State Rep. Mary Bentley passed a proposal out of a … [Read more...]