Arkansas Works Program Drops 12,000 From Medicaid

November 20, 2018, U.S. News, Bret Schulte- Susan Ferguson, a physician in the tattered village of Lincoln, Arkansas, describes the expansion of Medicaid in her state in 2015 as “the best thing that ever happened here.” Patients she had never seen, or hadn’t seen in years, appeared in her clinic to receive checkups and seek treatment for lingering illnesses after the state implemented its version of the Affordable Care Act. For some, lack of insurance meant “the chest pain they’d been ignoring for five years required open-heart surgery when they could have walked away with a stent.” Others finally received prescriptions for psychiatric, pulmonary and autoimmune disorders they previously couldn’t afford. Now, patients across the state are disappearing again.

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