Medicaid will save state $372M

Amid ongoing debates of whether Medicaid expansion will help or hurt states, Arkansas foresees the health reform provision to opt in as saving the state $372 million in the first six years, The Washington Post reported. Arkansas is planning on spending $25.2 million on currently eligible, nonenrolled individuals, including $6.9 million on processing claims and $10 million on outreach, customer support and processing new claims in 2015. Even with those costs, the state predicts savings of $35.5 million in 2015 and $372 million over six years. 

Other states, including Texas, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Wisconsin, said they are considering opting out of Medicaid expansion because it will cause undue financial burden, according to the governors. Article

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