AFP-Arkansas Responds to vote on Medicaid Expansion

April 19, 2013

Little Rock, AR – In a move that will add tens of thousands of Arkansans to an already broken system, AFP-Arkansas believes the affirmative vote on the private option expansion of Medicaid in the state could become a cautionary tale.

AFP-Arkansas Director Jason Cline said, “While we’re glad that legislators acknowledged the concerns that we have consistently expressed during the Medicaid discussion, the fact remains that this bill is too big to get it wrong. This reform package was and is still too expensive and leaves too many opportunities for Washington, DC to control Arkansans’ health decisions.”

A last minute amendment was added to the expansion bill that offered some promise; however, giving themselves only an hour to write good policy is difficult for anyone to do. As such, AFP-Arkansas does not see any substantive changes in the way the private option expansion bill will be implemented.

Continued Cline, “We give credit to the legislators for attempting to do what most felt was best for the citizens of this state, but at the end of the day there are still too many concerns and too little transparency with this option.”

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