Arkansas plan of insurance for poor more agreeable than Medicaid expansion for key lawmaker
State Senate Medicaid Committee Chair
"No, I don't believe in it," Blackwell said of Medicaid expansion after a recent legislative hearing on the financial crisis facing
But then Blackwell went on to say that "there might be some alternative to Medicaid expansion for the state to consider."
The alternative that Blackwell described was taking the federal funds the state would receive through the expansion of Medicaid to help Mississippians purchase private health insurance coverage.
The private health insurance route is what was taken in 2014 by neighboring
At the time the program was enacted, Democratic Gov.
The program was left intact by Republican Gov.
As a matter of fact, Hutchinson recently revamped the program to provide additional preventive care for newborns and mothers. The program also includes incentives to try to help recipients reach economic independence.
A 2018 study found that the
Blackwell said he would be willing to consider a program where the state helped to purchase private insurance for those who qualify for Medicaid expansion. But he said he would not consider such options until the 2024 legislative session.
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