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Arkansas Senate approves compromise Medicaid plan

Posted: February 20, 2014 - 11:50am
Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig, center, listens to discussion on the state's Medicaid program in a joint meeting of the House and Senate Committees on Public Health at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Jan.23, 2014. Less than a year after its approval, the program that has extended health coverage to more than 76,000 people is now on the brink of being defunded.  AP Photo/Danny Johnston
AP Photo/Danny Johnston
Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig, center, listens to discussion on the state's Medicaid program in a joint meeting of the House and Senate Committees on Public Health at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Jan.23, 2014. Less than a year after its approval, the program that has extended health coverage to more than 76,000 people is now on the brink of being defunded.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, a move that supporters hope will end a stalemate in the House over the future of a program that is providing health coverage to more than 87,000 people.

The Senate voted 27-8 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" program that uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state to win approval for such a plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

The measure needed at least 27 votes in the 35-member Senate.

With the vote, attention turned to the state House as it prepared to vote again on the program's future. The private option funding bill has failed to win the 75 votes needed in the 100-member House, and the chamber planned to vote again Thursday afternoon.

If the House approves its funding measure, the program still faces one more vote before one of the chambers before it heads to the governor's desk.

The plan has sharply divided Republicans, who control the Legislature and have made major gains in Arkansas over the past two elections by running against President Barack Obama's health care law. Republican supporters of the private option have said the private market can administer the benefits more efficiently than Medicaid, which they consider bloated. GOP opponents have said the program is an embrace of the federal law they've derided as Obamacare.

National health policy experts say Arkansas' compromise opened the door for other Republican-leaning states to consider similar models. Other states exploring or pursuing similar ideas include Pennsylvania, Iowa and Virginia.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has said rejecting the $915 million in federal funds for the private option would jeopardize other state services. Beebe's proposed $5 billion budget relies on $89 million in savings he says the private option will create by cutting down on hospitals' uncompensated care costs.

 

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InsGuru
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InsGuru 02/20/14 - 02:02 pm
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Hmm

"supporters of the private option have said the private market can administer the benefits more efficiently than Medicaid,"

The goverment has shown time and time (and time and time and time) again that any private industry can pretty much do ANYTHING more effeciant and better than they can, no matter what field it's in....

I think the private option is the best alternative to the unconstitutional NObamacare. I'd like to see it continue until we can get rid of NObamacare.

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 02/20/14 - 02:09 pm
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What is this "NObamacare"?

I've heard of the Supreme Court approved Affordable Care Act, but not this NObamacare.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 02/20/14 - 02:15 pm
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"NObamacare" That is the long

"NObamacare"

That is the long lost pre-dementia language of tea bag senility.

InsGuru
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InsGuru 02/20/14 - 03:00 pm
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Well

they're synonyms.

Also, when you find the dot by 1. put your pencil on it, hold it there, don't move it, just keep it there while you search for the dot by 2., when you find it, draw a STRAIGHT line, not a curvy one, but a straight one, to the dot by 2.

I propose a law where you must eat strawberry ice cream manufactured by the goverment. Doens't matter if you like strawberry ice cream or not, you must eat it, or you will pay a fine. (see dot reference above when you realize you don't understand how that relates)

InsGuru
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InsGuru 02/20/14 - 04:39 pm
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Serious?

Are you serious... "Eugene Robinson : Opinion Writer"....

Also, After perusing that article, he doesn't really say anything about the insurance aspect of it, just that a bunch of people signed up; and a whole other bunch of OPINIONS..... that CLEARLY means it's working.... (A bunch of people signed up for communism too....)

crypted quill
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crypted quill 02/20/14 - 04:54 pm
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LAUGH OF THE DAY! "A bunch of

LAUGH OF THE DAY!

"A bunch of people signed up for communism too"

Right′-Wing′ers are a riot... a bunch of trigger-happy "Ted" Nugent self-admitted pedophile rednecks.

Subhuman mongrel indeed!

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/20/14 - 03:19 pm
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Uh hah

"The goverment has shown time and time (and time and time and time) again that any private industry can pretty much do ANYTHING more effeciant (sic) and better than they can, no matter what field it's in...."

Tell that to all the private companies who have tried to run public schools and prisons. Most have now gone belly up.

InsGuru
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InsGuru 02/20/14 - 04:48 pm
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Public schools?

Most private colleges seem to be doing ok, as well as all the Private Catholic Schools, and man PA (Pulaski Academy), terrible school...

There've been tons of businesses fail... And tons suceed, that's why it's business...

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/20/14 - 03:27 pm
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Medicare vs. private insurance

Medicare has had lower medical costs and lower administrative costs as compared to private medical insurance plans.

Check this out:
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/09/20/medicare-is-more-efficient-than...

But I'm not complaining. Pass the Arkansas plan. Much better than nothing.

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