State Representative Pushes for Freeze on Medicaid Expansion Enrollment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- - (via KARK) -- If you plan on enrolling in the state's Medicaid expansion program, you may want to do it sooner rather than later.

State Rep. Josh Miller, R-Heber Springs, filed a bill Feb. 7 that would freeze enrollment starting July 1.
Arkansas has more than 300,000 people signed up. Rep. Miller said that's 100,000 more than the state anticipated.
He argues if the state can barely afford them now, imagine if the Trump administration implements a higher matching fee.
"Not trying to throw grandma out of the nursing home or anything like that," Rep. Miller said. "It doesn't affect any other Medicaid programs. It just simply says we need to hold off on signing up new enrollees until we see what the federal government is going to do."
The state currently pays a five percent match fee. Rep. Miller said he wouldn't be surprised if the new administration requires states with Medicaid expansion programs to start paying ten percent.
He expects the bill to go before a House committee in about two weeks.

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