- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A new restriction designed to limit the cost of the state’s “private option” Medicaid expansion means that plans offered by UnitedHealth Group are available this year only to enrollees in 13 of the state’s 75 counties.

Department of Human Services Department spokesman Amy Webb says plans offered by four other companies participating in the expanded Medicaid program are available to private-option enrollees statewide, just as they were last year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1JRGEC2 ) that under the private option, the state buys coverage on the federally run health insurance exchange for adults who have incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level, which is $16,243 for an individual.

The coverage is provided through silver-level plans, which are designed to cover 70 percent of a typical patient’s medical expenses.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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