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How Medicaid Expansion (and the “Private Option”) Will Lock its Clients into Poverty

Dan Greenberg –
April 15, 2013

Several Arkansas lawmakers have spent a substantial amount of time this session creating and designing their preferred version of Medicaid expansion: they call it the “private option,” because it would funnel Medicaid payments through private insurance companies. Legislators who must choose whether to fund Medicaid expansion (whether it is labeled the “private option” or not) should understand the economic catastrophe that such expansion will trigger: namely, the retarding of economic growth and the trapping of clients into low-wage jobs.