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Arkansas Medicaid Plan Gains Federal Approval; Harbinger for PA?

A bid by the state of Arkansas to expand access to Medicaid by enabling newly eligible recipients to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase health insurance has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

While the Arkansas Medicaid proposal is not identical to Governor Corbett’s recently released “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan, the two share a key common component:  the use of federal Medicaid funds to enable newly eligible recipients to purchase private insurance through new health insurance exchanges that open for business on October 1.

Bookshelf with law booksThe path to federal approval for Healthy Pennsylvania remains challenging, but the Arkansas ruling appears to be a clear sign that the federal government is receptive to one of the key components of Governor Corbett’s proposal.

To learn more about the Arkansas Medicaid plan and the federal decision to approve it, see this San Francisco Chronicle article.

Filed in Affordable Care Act, Health care reform, Healthy PA, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy.

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