Heralded as national model, Arkansas' compromise on Medicaid expansion is now at risk

  • Article by: ANDREW DeMILLO , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 5:30 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls was heralded as a model for convincing more Republican-leaning states to adopt a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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flatstanleyFeb. 6, 1411:54 AM

Minnesota tried something similar with the healthy contributions program, which gave certain MNCare or Medicaid eligible adults "vouchers" to pay for private insurance. The only problem was these individuals (who already have a financial hardship otherwise they wouldn't have qualified to begin with) couldn't afford their co-pays/deductibles so they didn't use the insurance to see their doctors. Ultimately it was a waste of tax payers dollars and I was happy to see it scrapped. It's like giving someone a free car, who can't afford to buy gas, repairs, tires, etc....

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