Policy Documents

The Private Option: Medicaid Expansion by Another Name

Nicole Kaeding –
November 21, 2013

In early 2013, Arkansas surprised many by deciding to expand Medicaid in line with the President’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). However, instead of expanding the traditional Medicaid system, Arkansas opted to create a so-called “private option” aiming to ameliorate the impacts of a bro-ken, costly system for thousands of Arkan-sas families while protecting the state from ObamaCare. Regardless of the name, the “private option” is Medicaid expansion and will burden the state of Arkansas.