States hope to copy Arkansas' private option success


Arkansas has declared its experiment with the "private option" a success, reports Stateline. The state's decline in uninsured was among the best in the country--it dropped from 23 percent to 12 percent. Meanwhile, the state's insurance rates next year will be an average of 2 percent lower than this year. Other states that noticed Arkansas's success have asked the Department of Health and Human Services for permission to experiment with the private option. Iowa, for example, received permission to substitute private insurance for Medicaid for a portion of its newly eligible adults. And Pennsylvania was allowed to take a similar approach for this upcoming enrollment period. Article