Arkansas Officials Hold Hearing On Insurance Expansion

Jul 2, 2013

Community health centers around Arkansas say the state's plan to use federal money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents includes a provision that would cut the amount of money they receive in reimbursements for their services.

Officials from several community health centers around the state on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Department of Human Services to drop a proposal to change the way the reimbursements to the centers are calculated.

The officials spoke at a public hearing on the waiver the state is submitting to the federal government for the "private option" plan to expand health insurance coverage around the state.

Lawmakers approved the plan earlier this year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid. The plan must still win final approval from the federal government.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services hopes to submit a formal application to the feds by Aug. 2.

Two more meetings are planned, with one next week in Fort Smith and another to be announced.