Consultant Says Costs Are Up $25M In Arkansas Plan To Revamp Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Online:
Dismang: Switch More To Traditional Medicaid

Arkansas officials should consider transferring more high-cost enrollees from the private option to the traditional, fee-for-service Medicaid program, a sponsor of the law that created the program said Monday. At a meeting of the Health Reform Legislative Task Force, Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, said he’s concerned that health care costs of some enrollees are increasing the cost of coverage for others in the state’s individual insurance market. “If we do not have the mechanism to make sure those folks are in the right category with the right coverage, then we’re going to continue to have this problem,” said Dismang, considered one of the private option’s legislative architects. (Davis, 7/12)