Medicaid Co-Pay Being Considered in AR

Potential co-payment for Medicaid users is being discussed by legislators and the governors administration.
It is a carrot being considered by the Beebe administration to build support for the Medicaid expansion to 250 thousand more individuals.
We are early in the discussions says Dr. Joe Thompson the state surgeon general.
Currently none of the 780 thousand recipients make co-payments
Certain programs such as ARKids First Part B have small co-pays
Changes would require federal approval .
AR DHS says they are very open to discussions
Governor Beebe says that the expansion would be good for the state economy.
Expansion is a non starter with most Republicans at present. Republicans might support some expansion if certain reforms are met.
source: AR Democrat Gazette  +November 5, 2012

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