Arkansas House Passes ‘Private Option’


The Arkansas House of Representatives voted to pass SB111 today, which included appropriation for the Medicaid compromise known as the “Private Option,” according to a Tweet from the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Passing with a vote of 76-24, it now goes to Governor Beebe’s desk, where he is expected to sign it.

The bill reauthorizes 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 federal approval for such a model, an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law, according to our affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11.

It will keep alive a program that’s extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.

The Arkansas House of Representatives is adjourned until 1:30 pm Wednesday.


To read our affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11’s story, click here.


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