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DHS: More than 55k Arkansans Express Interest in Private Option Enrollment

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- DHS says they mailed letters in September to 132,000 households that were deemed eligible by "verified information" on current clients, asking them to sign and return the letters if they wanted coverage.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) says more than 55,000 eligible adults have told them they want to enroll in the Private Option.

DHS says they mailed letters in September to 132,000 households that were deemed eligible by "verified information" on current clients, asking them to sign and return the letters if they wanted coverage.

As a result, 55,440 adults said they wanted to enroll, along with 2,539 children who were identified as uninsured and enrolled in ARKids First health coverage, according to DHS.

Here in NWA 2337 in Benton County, 2762 in Washington County and 313 in Madison County returned letters.

“This in an incredible response to a single letter. People in every county said they wanted to sign up,” DHS Director John Selig said in a news release. “This clearly shows there was a need for the unique approach that Arkansas took to help ensure the lowest-income Arkansans have access to quality health insurance.”

Those who returned the letters requesting coverage are scheduled to begin receiving letters explaining how to complete the enrollment process this week, DHS says.

The health care coverage will begin January 1, 2014.

The agency says those who have yet to respond to the letters they mailed in September may still do so by signing and returning the letter immediately to begin the enrollment process. Anyone who doesn't have the letter anymore id asked to call 1-855-372-1084 and speak to a representative.

DHS sent the attached map, which they say shows the number of people by county who said they wanted to enroll (the totals also include 2,539 children who are now enrolled in ARKids First).

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