Support for Private Option Uncertain for Upcoming Legislative Session

State agencies hopeful lawmakers will look closely at the numbers before making decision on the plan.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawmakers ready to find out the impact of the private option health care plan Arkansas started last year - will have to wait.

Three-day budget hearings at the State Capitol will now stretch into next week.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) says the state will save nearly 90-million dollars this year by having the private option.
Still, DHS knows lawmakers may decide not to approve the plan next month.

"We hope they'll consider the decision made last year and look very carefully at new numbers we're putting forward for the budget that starts in July. The numbers are very consistent with numbers we shared last year," says Andy Allison with DHS.

So far, 80-thousand Arkansans have received health care coverage through the private option.
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