U.S. House has voted to approve bill giving health insurers the option of extending plans through 2014 that would otherwise be canceled for not complying with ACA standards, while also allowing new customers to enroll in those plans
More than half the total number of Arkansans who have completed applications for coverage under the new Health Insurance Marketplace have been determined to potentially qualify for the Private Option.
Funding supports new primary care sites in 236 communities to serve more than 1.25 million additional patients.
The Arkansas Private Option allows for use of federal Medicaid funds to provide insurance-premium assistance to more than 200k Arkansans living near or below the Federal Poverty Line.
Insurance companies say they would not be able to offer affordable plans to consumers on the exchange if doctors are paid more for patient care reimbursement.