The State of Arkansas passed a historic, bipartisan law in 2013 to create the Private Option—so nearly 250,000 hard-working Arkansans could get affordable health insurance coverage.
The Arkansas Legislature must vote during this legislative session to renew the Private Option. If legislators fail to do so, thousands of Arkansans, including those age 50 to 64, will lose their health coverage.
Right now, the Private Option is helping Arkansas families by giving them access to preventative care that can save lives— and the security of knowing they can get the health care that they need. The Private Option will also help to ease emergency room overcrowding, and keep financially struggling rural hospitals open.
The Private Option helps people who have lost jobs, lost insurance when they got sick, or have low-wage jobs–especially those 50 and older.
Last year, overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the state Legislature voted to authorize the Private Option, and the Governor signed it into law. AARP Arkansas, Governor Beebe, and legislative leaders in both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate all support continuing the Private Option.
A vote during this legislative session is required to preserve the Private Option, so nearly 250,000 hard-working Arkansans can get affordable health insurance coverage—and thousands of Arkansans don’t lose it.
Tell your State Senator and State Representative to vote YES on the Private Option!