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Mike Beebe on Health Care

Democratic Governor


Expand state Medicaid, but with low-income private option

Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law a measure reauthorizing Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion for another year. Beebe on Friday signed the budget bill for the "private option" plan that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Nearly 94,000 people are receiving subsidized insurance through the program, the first of its kind approved by the federal government. The program's future had been in jeopardy, but survived a defunding push in the House earlier this week.

Source: Arkansas Business e-zine on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race , Feb 24, 2014

Provide better care without federal Affordable Care Act

We must find a better way to pay for health care in Arkansas, regardless of the legal fate of the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas has a unique opportunity to be an incubator for sensible, system-wide improvements to our health-care system. Our ability to care for the well-being of all of our people, while addressing a broken system, could set the standard for America.
Source: Arkansas 2011 gubernatorial press release #3042 , Aug 25, 2011

12-point plan for Affordability, Accessibility, Quality

THE BEEBE PLAN: HEALTH CARE
Affordability, Accessibility, Quality