Tagged: medicaid

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 08:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.

Private Option Opponents Hit Pause

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2014 10:13 am

Arkansas lawmakers have spared the state's first-in-the nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. But opponents said they're merely hitting the pause button on debating a program that has extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.

Arkansas House Approves Private Option Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/4/2014 03:10 pm

It took five separate votes, but the Arkansas House approved a bill Tuesday that reauthorizes funding for the "private option."

Private Option Opponents Seek Exit Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2014 07:08 am

Heading into this year's legislative session, opponents of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion vowed to push for an exit plan for a program they see as no different from the law they derided as "Obamcare." Now, they may be the ones in need of an exit strategy.

Ross Files For Governor, Hits Hutchinson on 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/26/2014 05:13 pm

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross on Wednesday made his bid for Arkansas governor official, criticizing his chief Republican rival over ads being aired by an outside group and for not weighing in on the debate over the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Impasse Over 'Private Option' Continues; House Measure Fails Again

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/21/2014 11:29 am

An impasse over the future of Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor stretched into a fourth day Friday, as legislation to continue the program again failed before the state House.

Arkansas Senate Approves, House Again Rejects Private Option Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/20/2014 03:11 pm

A compromise plan for Medicaid expansion in Arkansas remained stalled in the state House Thursday, despite the state Senate endorsing a plan to continue the nationally watched program that is providing subsidized health coverage to more than 87,000 people.

Arkansas House Again Votes Down Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2014 02:18 pm

The future of Arkansas' compromise plan to expand Medicaid by purchasing private insurance for the poor remained in jeopardy Wednesday, after legislation to continue the nationally-watched program failed for a second day in the state House.

'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 04:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh 'Private Option' Amendments

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2014 04:16 pm

Arkansas lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to save a compromise Medicaid expansion by barring the state from promoting the expanded coverage or the federal health overhaul.

Larry Teague Warns Private Option at Risk

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2014 10:20 am

A state Senate leader warned colleagues on Tuesday that Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion was at risk, as lawmakers tried to map out a timeline for deciding the future of the health care program.

Who Will Say No to Private Option? (Feedback)

by Gloria Gordon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

During the last session, key Republican legislators put aside their dislike of Obamacare to craft a unique way to accept federal dollars to provide health insurance to Arkansans who desperately need it: the “private option.” Thank you, Sens. Sanders, Dismang and Burris. Thank you, Rep. Murdock and others who worked behind the scenes to make Arkansas a health care innovations model for the nation.

A Model for States, Arkansas' Private Option At Risk

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2014 01:23 pm

Less than a year after its approval, Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor is on the brink of being abandoned.

Arkansas Officials: No Limit on Halting Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2014 07:08 am

The federal government cannot prevent Arkansas from ending a compromise Medicaid expansion that was approved last year and now is at risk of being defunded, state Human Services officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Davy Carter Says He's Open to Private Option Tweaks

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2014 01:42 pm

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to changing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion but remains confident there's enough support among lawmakers to reauthorize the program when the Legislature convenes this month.

Session to Test Mike Beebe's Strength as Governor (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2014 10:52 am

Two of Mike Beebe's biggest selling points as Arkansas' governor over the past seven years have been his mastery of the state's complex budget system and his ability to survive the recent Republican political tide. The looming fight over the state's Medicaid expansion will test both of those.

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 02:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

Mike Beebe Warns Against Ending Health Care Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/28/2014 02:10 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe warned sheriffs from around the state Tuesday that new funding he has proposed for the prison system could be at risk if lawmakers halt the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

Private Option Supporters Walk Fine Line (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2014 08:54 am

Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion are walking a fine line as they assess the future of the program before this year's legislative session. They don't want to understate the danger it faces of being defunded, but they don't want to declare it dead just yet.