Panel favors 2 measures on private option

Posted: February 14, 2014 at 2:57 a.m.

Department of Human Services Director John Selig (left) and Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison testified Thursday before the Joint Budget Committee. Committee members voted to continue the state’s private-option program in fiscal 2015.

The Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee endorsed identical measures Thursday that reauthorize the use of federal funds to buy private health insurance for low-income Arkansans but that bar the state from buying advertising to encourage enrollment in the fledgling program.

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