Arkansas Private Option Enrollment Keeps Growing

Sep 8, 2014

Almost 200,000 people have signed up for the Medicaid expansion program—the “Private Option”—aimed at extending health care coverage to low-income Arkansans.

Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday that 194,257 people have completed enrollment.

Spokeswoman Amy Webb said they expect the number to continue to increase.

“From our perspective interest in the program continues to be strong and we think the private option is working as it was anticipated,” she said.

“We do anticipate there are more people eligible for the program who have not applied…so we expect to see continued interest.”

The agency said the majority of enrollees are between the ages of 19 and 44.

The program’s future will depend on whether the state Legislature reauthorizes the program when it meets early next year.