Crittenden Regional Hospital Not “Saved” by the Private Option

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Remember how the private option was going to save rural hospitals? Remember how hospital lobbyist Bo Ryall explained to the state legislature that the private option was crucial if we want “rural hospitals to survive?” As one argument after another for the private option failed, its advocates regularly retreated to their final defense: at least the private option would keep the doors of rural hospitals open. Over in West Memphis, however, the flood of new subsidies just wasn’t big enough to … [Read more...]

Another Round of Obamacare Rate Hikes Coming

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It’s almost time for another round of Obamacare health insurance rate hikes in Arkansas. From the Washington Examiner: In Arkansas, where the average increase was 11.2 percent, some consumers could see their premiums soar by 50 percent. Defenders of Obamacare argue that rates typically went up annually before the law went into effect. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it was Obama himself who repeatedly promised that premiums would go down by an average of $2,500 per family. … [Read more...]

The Latest “Private Option” Broken Promise: Counterfeit Medical Savings Accounts

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Less than a week after Nic Horton left the Arkansas Project, he’s back on our site! Well, sort of. Horton is now affiliated with the Foundation for Government Accountability, and he coauthored their newest article at Forbes.com: “Arkansas Private Option’s Latest Boondoggle: Health Independence Accounts" Increase Dependence and Increase Costs.”  As the article recounts, the “Private Option’s” health savings accounts, which were supposed to be the “heart and soul” of Medicaid reform, are an … [Read more...]

Exchange Director Unsure If Arkansas Will Speed Up Implementation of State Exchange

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Last week, I began investigating whether Arkansas was moving towards a state-run Obamacare exchange. My initial interest in this story emerged after several state lawmakers told me they were hearing rumblings that the state’s Obamacare bureaucracy was looking at expediting our move to a state-based exchange. This troubled me because, as I read the existing law, I realized the exchange is not supposed to make the switch until next summer: Act 1500, the authorizing statute for the exchange, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Stories On TAP: July

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We had a lot of interesting stories from our great writers this past month. We thought you might be interested in looking back at our 5 most popular posts and catch up on any you may have missed. #5 New Developments Reveal That U of A’s “Intellectual Property Rights” To Clinton Recordings Are Wholly Imaginary:  In a saga that continues to play out in the public eye, the University of Arkansas libraries have embarrassed themselves hand over fist on this one. Their attempted censorship of The … [Read more...]

Arkansas Has A New Chance To Fight Obamacare. Will We Take It?

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Yesterday, I wrote about the steps Arkansas is taking to set up a state-based Obamacare exchange. The Halbig decision presents a huge opportunity for states to protect their residents and employers from the devastating mandates in Obamacare. Let’s explore. Based on the logic of Halbig, any state which declines to implement a state Obamacare exchange would free its residents from the individual mandate and its employers from the employer mandate. This is because the Obamacare mandates are … [Read more...]

After Halbig, Arkansas Moving Towards A State-Based Exchange

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Last week, the D.C. circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies cannot flow into state that are participating in the federally-run exchange. If the ruling holds (it will almost certainly be appealed), this could be a game changer for the federal health care law: currently, only 14 states have state-run exchanges and, according to the ruling, are eligible for premium subsidies. The question is, will the 36 states that are in the federal exchange now move to state exchanges … [Read more...]

How Big Is Halbig? (Podcast)

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This week on the show: How big is the Halbig ruling? Subsidies can only flow through state exchanges This Arkansas child can't get care she needs from Medicaid LR trying to stop Uber … [Read more...]