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Courts and Medicaid Jeremy Johnson, Ph.D. Brian Matz, Ph.D.
Arkansas and Medicaid A potential model for Montana A private-based option: Negotiated with the Obama administration to expand by using federal dollars to purchase private health insurance plans on the open marketplace So far considered successful in the media: over 200,000 enrolled Problems: limitations under the waivers, the Arkansas budget, insurance rates The biggest problem: politics
Medicaid and the Electoral Environment Arkansas had a Democratic Governor and Republican Legislature before the 2014 election Now unified GOP control Arkansas requires ¾ of legislature to pass budget bills Pro-Medicaid legislators lost; new governor has straddled on the future on the Medicaid private option
Lessons Medicaid expansion is unlikely to be an issue to that will win large numbers of votes With the passage of time Medicaid expansion is less likely to lose votes as Obama becomes less relevant. It may not be as necessary to disguise that Medicaid expansion is part of the ACA. Political Science studies have shown that members of Congress (and probably state legislatures as well) pay no attention (as a aggregate) to the preferences of the lowest third of the income distribution It might even be easier to enact a program through a ballot initiative The complexities associated with a private option might suggest Montana CHIP a more viable option as a model