By Michelle Andrews
If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts.
Those that don’t may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services.
Supporters say it will help nudge beneficiaries toward becoming more cost-conscious health care consumers.
Patient advocates are skeptical, pointing to studies showing that such financial “skin-in-the-game” requirements discourage low-income people from getting care that they need. Continue reading