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Arkansas Seeks to Take Medicaid Expansion in a New Direction

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act envisioned Medicaid expansion taking a traditional path:  a combination of new recipients enrolling in state fee-for-service programs or, more likely, becoming members of managed care plans that specifically serve the Medicaid population.

But Arkansas officials have a different idea.  Instead of expanding Medicaid fee-for-service or employing managed care plans specifically for Medicaid patients, they want to enable newly eligible Medicaid recipients to shop for health insurance through the same health insurance exchanges that other people will use to seek insurance come October of this year.

How would this work?  What are the benefits of such an approach?  Are there obstacles?  Is it even legal?

Kaiser Health News considers these questions and more in an interesting FAQ.  Find it hereHealth Care Reform/Flag.

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