The pioneering private Medicaid expansion option that originated in Arkansas is on the chopping block despite having already lowered costs.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act remains stalled in two dozen states. That has created parallel financial universes for hospitals that operate in nonexpansion states versus those...
Arkansas has declared its experiment with the "private option" a success--t he state's decline in uninsured was among the best in the country, dropping from 23 percent to 12 percent. Other states have taken notice.
Medicaid: to expand or not to expand? That is the question for the 24 states who opted out of the 2012 ruling under the Affordable Care Act. But for the 26 states, and the District of Columbia, who chose to extend the option to lower-income residents, the uninsured rate has dropped, while hospital admissions has increased, finds a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.
Some states may implement health savings accounts (HSA) for their Medicaid programs next year, reports NPR. Michigan and Indiana already allow beneficiaries to use funds supplemented by the state to pay for services and require monthly contributions to their health independence accounts.
The patient-centered medical home model in Arkansas, which has more than 600 participating providers, helps the state's Medicaid program incentivize quality care instead of paying for volume of services.
Arkansas's Medicaid program, which is expanding through a private option the state pioneered, has proven quite popular--70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the federal-state program have signed up for coverage, the state Department of Human Services announced.
Apparently, fifth time's the charm in Arkansas. That's how many times it took to reauthorize its first-in-the-nation private option to expand Medicaid.
In October, Arkansas became the first state to implement the private option to expand Medicaid, but this week state lawmakers rejected legislation that would continue the public-private program.
Although Arkansas trailblazed the idea to use a private option in expanding its Medicaid program, state lawmakers are considering putting a stop to the plan by June unless the GOP-led legislature...