LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the big questions surrounding the election of Governor Asa Hutchinson: would he get behind the private option? On Thursday, he urged state lawmakers to fund Private Option through the end of December 2016.
"This avoids harm to the 200,000 plus on the Private Option and it assures our hospitals and providers of financial stability," Governor Hutchinson said.
"We like the stability of retaining it to 2016," said Bo Ryall, CEO of Arkansans Hospital Association. "That's certainly a positive to hospitals and hospital revenues."
He said keeping private option likely allows rural hospitals that may have closed without the Private Option, to stay open. Under the plan - state hospitals have seen a $69 million reduction in uncompensated care.
"We have to decide what kind of reforms are good reforms that puts it back on the patients," said Senator Missy Irvin.