Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
November 30th, 2017 • News

November 30, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • There are politicians who have spent their entire career complaining that we cannot afford to provide Medicaid. However, when the going gets tough the complainers head for the hills. For example, when the legislative Public Health Committee put the finishing touches on a new method of managing care for our most vulnerable citizens, the complainers were nowhere to be seen.
  • in Arkansas, as in every state, there is a small group of people with severe health needs. They account for a large proportion of Medicaid spending. In Arkansas it is a population of about 150,000 people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities, or they suffer from mental illness. Think of it this way – about a third of Medicaid dollars are spent caring for about a fifth of Medicaid patients.
  • Fortunately, most of my colleagues in the legislature agree with me, in that we believe that it is our duty to care for our most vulnerable citizens.
  • The new managed care plan will cover only about 30,000 people. If it’s successful, we can expand it. It’s a significant departure from the way Medicaid has been administering health care for people with severe disabilities. I’m certain it will require adjustments as we make progress. With the exception of the usual crowd in the grandstand making the usual complaints, everyone else is making a good faith effort to make the new system work smoothly.
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