Tagged: arkansas private option

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.