Negotiations continue on Arkansas Private Option


House Speaker Davy Carter says that the Arkansas will explore the idea of an open enrollment period for the state's Private Option program.{}Each year, folks would have a limited amount of time to enroll in the Private Option. If they missed the deadline, they would likely be placed onto Medicaid, but Carter warned not to expect any changes to the bill itself or even the program any time soon."The idea would be, once the dust settles, you've got your pool. Then, at some point you start having some windows of enrollment opportunities and invite the carriers to come in and price these things,"said Carter.The Speaker did not get into the details, but there are some concerns others have expressed with this proposal. Namely, whether or not the Rep. Nate Bell's amendment which bans advertising for the Private Option would also bar the state from letting folks know when open enrollment begins and ends.