Arkansas Panel Set To Finalize Recommendations Regarding Medicaid Expansion Plan
In a Tuesday meeting, the Health Reform Legislative Task Force did not focus on the private option -- the state's Medicaid expansion approach that's gained federal approval -- but on cost savings approaches for the program. The group’s proposal calls for expanding and enhancing the patient-centered medical home model — in which a patient’s treatment is coordinated by a primary care physician — for the traditional Medicaid population.
[Arkansas] Times Record:
Task Force Begins To Finalize Recommendations For Future Of Medicaid In State
A legislative task force Tuesday held the first of what are scheduled to be three consecutive days of meetings to finalize the recommendations it will make for the future of Medicaid in Arkansas. Most of the discussion during Tuesday’s meeting of the Health Reform Legislative Task Force was not about the private option, Arkansas’ version of Medicaid expansion, but about ways to achieve cost savings across the entire Medicaid system. (Lyon, 12/15)
Medicaid Panel Ready With Proposals
A legislative task force plans to make recommendations today on changes to the state's Medicaid program, including changes to the private option and whether to hire managed-care companies to provide coverage for recipients with expensive medical needs. Under the private option, the state uses Medicaid funds to buy coverage on the federally run insurance exchange for low-income adults. (Davis, 12/16)