Boozman, Eldridge Split Over Health Care At APME Forum

May 1, 2016

Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge (Ieft to right).

Republican Sen. John Boozman says Arkansans receiving coverage through the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion could still be covered through a block-grant system if the federal health overhaul is repealed. His Democratic challenger says that statement rings hollow given the incumbent lawmaker's criticism of the federal law over the years.

Boozman and Democratic nominee Conner Eldridge split on the health care law as they spoke separately before the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors. Boozman said a block-grant system would give states such as Arkansas that have expanded Medicaid more flexibility in how they administer the program.

Arkansas lawmakers last week upheld GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to keep the hybrid expansion, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. Eldridge praised Hutchinson and legislators for preserving the program.