Arkansas Sends Waiver Application For Health Insurance

Aug 6, 2013

Arkansas officials have sent the federal government a waiver application so the state can fund private insurance for poor residents who would be covered under an expansion of the Medicaid program.

The Department of Human Services submitted the waiver application on Tuesday.

The Medicaid expansion is set to begin Oct. 1, when open enrollment is to start for the program's private option.

The application leaves open the question of reimbursement for Community Health Centers across the state. DHS says a formula for the centers will be finalized later.

Another change is that recipients will be required to notify the state if they have an increase in income that would make them ineligible to continue in the program.

The original proposal would have kept them insured for 12 months.