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Medicaid expansion would create jobs, net savings for Arkansas

March 6, 2013

Expanding Medicaid in Arkansas under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not only provide health coverage to more than a quarter million residents, but should save the state $664 million by 2020, according to a report released Friday by the Arkansas Hospital Association (ArHA) and funded by the AHA. “Medicaid expansion is about people, it’s about costs, it’s about jobs and it’s about economic growth,” said ArHA President and CEO Bo Ryall. The report projects that the Medicaid expansion should create more than 8,500 jobs in Arkansas in 2014 and about 10,600 jobs by 2020.