- In April 2013, Arkansas expanded its Medicaid program as described by the Affordable Care Act and developed a new model called the “Private-Option.”
- On April 23, 2013, Governor Mike Beebe signed the Arkansas Private Option into law.
- In Sept. 2013, the Arkansas Department of Human Services began sending letters to Arkansans who were determined to be eligible for the coverage.
- In Oct. 2013, Arkansans began signing up by the thousands for the Private Option.
- On Jan. 1, 2014, coverage under the Private Option (formally known as the Health Care Independence Program) began.
- As of Feb. 6, 2014, 96,950 people had gained health care coverage through the Private Option according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. (Of that number, 87,061 were covered by a private health insurance plan and 9,889 had been determined to be better served by the traditional Medicaid program because of exceptional health care needs).
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