Gov. Hutchinson: Medicaid Expansion Stays, State Exchange Could Go

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced that he would support continuing the state’s “private option” Medicaid Expansion -- as long as a few cosmetic changes to the program are made. From Hutchinson’s speech to the Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force: As Governor, I will accept the continued expansion dollars from the federal government if we can achieve the 1115 … [Read more...]

Private Option Redeterminations Begin Again

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After a two-week suspension, the Arkansas Department of Human Services will continue redetermining the “private option” Medicaid expansion population’s eligibility. From Arkansas Online: Arkansas will lift the suspension on Medicaid verifications and terminations, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday during a news conference at the state Capitol. In addition, an agreement … [Read more...]

“Short” 10 Day PO Enrollee Response Time Is More LIke 25 Days

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As we wrote last week, the allegedly “short ten-day response window” for “private option” enrollees to prove they’re eligible for Medicaid benefits is actually more like 15 days to a month. It’s not a “purge” that blindsides enrollees. In fact, the state's policy provides plenty of time to prove you’re eligible for the program. But that hasn’t stopped some legislators and … [Read more...]

Arkansas PO Enrollment Exceeding Maximum Projections

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Arkansas’s “private option” Medicaid expansion enrollment has shattered its ceiling: it has exceeded the state’s projected maximum enrollment by 18 percent, according to a new report by the Foundation For Government Accountability. According to the report, the state projected a maximum enrollment of 215,000, but Arkansas’s enrollment as of May 2015 is at 254,749. Of … [Read more...]

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

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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...]