WASHINGTON — Medicaid expansion has been a success in Arkansas and around the country, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday.
She predicted that enrollment in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace will climb to 13.8 million in 2017, up by 1.1 million.
That would be a 9 percent increase over last year’s enrollment numbers.
Arkansas has used the federal marketplace but is taking over responsibility for the state’s exchange for individual consumers this year.
Under the new arrangement, Arkansans will continue to enroll through the federal system, while the state will be responsible for promoting enrollment and certifying the plans sold on the exchange.
Unlike most other states, Arkansas uses its health insurance exchange as a primary way of providing Medicaid coverage to low-income, nondisabled adults.
More than 300,000 Arkansans were enrolled in Medicaid-supported exchange plans under the state’s so-called private option as of Sept. 30.
An additional 59,872 Arkansas were in non-Medicaid …
Go to Source

Medicaid expansion a success in Arkansas, around the country, US Health and Human Services Secretary says – Arkansas Online