Arkansas is still mulling its Medicaid Expansion plan as part of the Affordable Cart Act, and the Health Care Reform Bill. In 2014 Arkansas will be able to cover low-income adults between 19 and 64 and increase the eligibility level to 133% of the federal poverty level. The federal government from 2014 to 2016 will be covering all of the cost of covering the newly eligible Medicaid recipients. This table shows the percent of the reimbursement for newly eligible Medicaid recipients that will be covered by the federal government. (Arkansas’s FY2013 base rate is 70.17%.)
Gov. Mike Beebe (D-AR)announced in December 2012 that Arkansas should expand the Medicaid program to cover additional low-income residents who were previously unable to afford health insurance. However the vote will be put up to the state legislature.
On Thursday day Beebe told the Associated Press he would not call a special session for the legislature to vote on Medicaid Expansion. He said they should Handle it in a regular session. That’s what they’re here for. Deal with it,” “If we’ve got to work nights, OK. … You’re much better off saving the taxpayer dollars and doing your job in a regular session as opposed to coming back and starting all over in a special session.”
The Legislature will convenes for its regular session Jan. 14. The legislature would like to hold a special session on Medicaid and see it as appealing, Governor Beebe is the only individual with the power to call a special session and he all but shut the door to the idea.
On monday in little Rock Gov. Mike Beebe gave his final state of the state address in which he clearly stated for the Arkansas legislature to not to sacrifice Arkansas’ share of federal dollars, to simply send a message of there opposition for Obamacare. There is a lot of federal funding available for states partaking in medicaid expansion, and Beeebe stated by rejecting an expansion of its Medicaid program, would jeopardize the states residents.
Currently the Republicans control both the Arkansas House and Senate, and have refused to the expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare. Beebe supports the Medicaid Expansion as a means to help Arkansas with the costs the hospitals face for treating patients without insurance.
Arkansas’s Medicaid Expansion implementation plan
If Arkansas chooses to partake in the Medicaid Expansion plan under the Affordable Care Act, the state expects a 175,000 new Medicaid/ARKids enrollees in 2014, This calculation si according to estimates calculated by the Arkansas Insurance Department’s consultants. The Medicaid/ARKids population is expected to increase from 682,000 in 2013 to 857,000 in 2014.
Arkansas’s Medicaid Expansion Documentations
Excel sheet by Arkansas Medicaid, provides an estimated number of enrollees in addition to estimated annual costs/savings if the state opts to expand Medicaid.
This document summarizes DHS’s estimates of the costs and savings of a possible Medicaid expansion in Arkansas.
State Centers for Medicaid
Need Application Forms, or information on your states Medicaid Application guideline. Please visit our State Centers for Medicaid Page with links to Applications, and Contact information for specific states.
Arkansas Medicaid Expansion News