5 things we learned about the Obamacare ‘private’ option last week


By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project

Last Thursday afternoon, I attended the Joint Public Health Committee meeting. At that meeting, lawmakers had the opportunity to question Medicaid Director Andy Allison, DHS Director John Selig, and Optumas founder Steve Schramm.

Optumas is the consulting firm that released the original cost estimates for the state’s Obamacare experiment, known as the “private” option. Based on their initial projections in March of 2013, the majority of lawmakers determined that expanding Medicaid coverage through Obamacare, using the “private” option, would have a net positive impact on the state budget.

Unfortunately, now that the program is live and lawmakers have had time to actually examine the numbers, new concerns are arising almost daily.

at The Arkansas Project.