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Lawmakers Want Second Look at Medicaid Expansion Costs

Over 187,000 Arkansans are enrolled in the private option, which uses taxpayers dollars to place people on private health plans.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some lawmakers say they want to get a second look at the costs associated with Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion.

Over 187,000 Arkansans are enrolled in the private option, which uses taxpayers dollars to place people on private health plans.

Some against the plan, want a second opinion and are willing to pay $120,000 for a new study. Today, a legislative committee agreed to send the review proposal up for a competitive bid later this week.

"But I'll tell you what would be most cost efficient, would be for our own staff in house do it, I have the utmost confidence in them," says Linda Chesterfield.

The Arkansas Legislative Council will decide how to proceed on Friday.

The goal, is to get additional cost information on the private option before the 2015 session starts.
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