Arkansas Health Task Force Nearing Recommendations

Nov 24, 2015

State Rep. Charlie Collins in a file photo from February.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.

Rep. Charlie Collins, chairman of the Health Reform Legislative Task Force, told members Tuesday that they will vote at the December meeting on recommendations for the program and for overall changes to the Medicaid system. Consultants reviewed options for cost savings under different managed care models during the first portion of Tuesday's meeting and will continue talks during the afternoon.

Collins said the group has eliminated consideration of a full managed care model. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a letter to the group last month that it should consider the recommendation to hire a private company to manage some Medicaid programs, but only for high-cost populations.