Feds OK Arkansas Medicaid expansion plan similar to Tennessee proposal
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has become the first state to win
federal approval to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for
thousands of low-income residents under the federal health care law, a
proposal similar to one offered by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday approved the state's request to implement a "private option" plan.
The state's Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic governor
approved the plan earlier this year as an alternative to expanding
Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law. Arkansas
formally submitted its request to the federal government last month.