- In April 2013, Arkansas expanded its Medicaid program as described by the Affordable Care Act and developed a new model called the “Private-Option.”
- On April 23, 2013, Governor Mike Beebe signed the Arkansas Private Option into law.
- In Sept. 2013, the Arkansas Department of Human Services began sending letters to Arkansans who were determined to be eligible for the coverage.
- In Oct. 2013, Arkansans began signing up by the thousands for the Private Option.
- On Jan. 1, 2014, coverage under the Private Option (formally known as the Health Care Independence Program) began.
- As of Feb. 6, 2014, 96,950 people had gained health care coverage through the Private Option according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. (Of that number, 87,061 were covered by a private health insurance plan and 9,889 had been determined to be better served by the traditional Medicaid program because of exceptional health care needs).
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.