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Roughly 100k Get Insurance Through ACA, Private Option

Lawmakers learned Thursday that's how many Arkansans have enrolled in healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act's federally-facilitated marketplace and Arkansas' "private option" expansion of Medicaid.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawmakers learned today roughly 100,000 Arkansans have enrolled in healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act's federally-facilitated marketplace and Arkansas' "private option" expansion of Medicaid.

Those numbers were released Thursday during a meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

The Arkansas Health Connector reported about 14,600 people signed up through the federal marketplace and healthcare.gov. Pulaski County had the highest enrollment figure with 2,210 sign-ups through January 19.

Enrollment for the "private option" has been much higher. The state reported an enrollment figure of 85,309.

During their upcoming fiscal session, state lawmakers will vote whether to reauthorize the "private option." It would require a 75-percent majority in both houses of the general assembly. The plan narrowly passed in April 2013.

In 2013, state officials announced as many as 500,000 Arkansans didn't have health insurance.


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