Expanded-Medicaid roll grows by just 450 in state

Posted: October 30, 2013 at 12:58 a.m.

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testifies Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The pace of enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program slowed last week, with just 450 applicants completing the process, compared with 3,625 the week before, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.

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Arkansas is a very rural state. Many do not have access to broad band internet; many do not have access to the internet at all, not easily. I wonder how someone who is deemed "medically frail" can be expected to hop onto a website and complete an application? Let's face it: the age of technology and internet business has not yet become universally available or practical. It would be interesting to see an article of what is being done to facilitate people getting access to the website, and help in navigating it. Without such assistance, many who are eligible and needy will be unable to avail themselves of the coverage.

Posted by: SPA

October 30, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )