House approves ending Private Option in 2016

Senate Bill 96, will ultimately end the Private Option on December 31, 2016 while creating a task force to look at the overall healthcare issues in the State. This Bill will go back to the Senate for a final vote.

Senate Bill 101, which has already passed in the Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk, would include monies for the operation of the Private Option. Some opponents to the bills said that by allowing this to happen, some legislators are not fulfilling their campaign promises to end Private Option.

In a statement released last Thursday, Governor Hutchinson said, “The vote in the House today on the Health Reform Task Force bill and accompanying appropriation was a bipartisan effort and represents the right step forward as we seek ways to best reform Medicaid in Arkansas.” For the time being the private option has life for the next two years.

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