by Max Brantley
Noted: Arkansas's Insurance Department has received almost $18.6 million in federal money to build an affordable insurance exchange in the federal health care legislation. This is on top of more than $8 million received in two earlier grants.
Arkansas is opting for a partnership approach with the federal government since Republican legislators blocked any effort to have Arkansas be wholly in control of its own plan. It anticipates open enrollment by October 2013, a boon to hundreds of thousands of Arkansans, if something doesn't get in the way. Like terrible election outcomes that favor the every-man-for-himself approach to health care.