Tagged: arkansas private option

Management Failure (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/10/2015 12:00 am

As a rule, we’re hesitant to ascribe motives to actions unless the actors have explained them. Therefore, we won’t join the commentators who have tagged as mere “meanness” the state’s decision to give beneficiaries of “private option” health insurance only 10 days to respond to questions about their continued eligibility.

‘Private Option’ Benefits List of Largest Health Insurers

by Gwen Moritz 8/3/2015 12:00 am

The effect of the “private option” — Arkansas’ use of federal Medicaid expansion funding to buy private health insurance for the working poor — is written all over this year’s list of the state’s largest health insurance companies.

Proposal Filed To End Arkansas' Private Option Compromise Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 5:16 pm

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to terminate Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion by the end of the year, despite Gov. Asa Hutchinson wanting to continue the program through 2016.

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a fine speech Thursday when he finally shared his plans for the future of Arkansas’ unique — and successful — private option health insurance program.

‘Live Fearless’ (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn’t tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

More Than Just Math (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/17/2014 12:00 am

While much has been claimed in the course of the recent election about Arkansans losing insurance coverage because of Obamacare, the dramatic decline in the total number of uninsured suggests that the number who lost insurance has been overwhelmed by the number who gained it. That’s simple math.

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

In Sincere Appreciation (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/10/2014 12:00 am

It shouldn’t be a profile in courage for legislators to vote to accept federal government money to provide health insurance to working adults who simply don’t earn enough money to afford health insurance. After all, Arkansas legislators seem to have no compunction about accepting federal highway dollars and federal education dollars and national park and forest dollars.

Mike Beebe Signs Budget With Private Option Into Law

by Associated Press 3/7/2014 10:11 am

Gov. Mike Beebe signs the budget bill for the "private option" plan, which was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. The private option survived a defunding push in the House earlier this week.