LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – State senator Jason Rapert of District 35 will now chair the newly-created Health Insurance Marketplace Oversight Subcommittee.

The subcommittee is a part of the Legislative Council, the body of lawmakers that monitors the operations of state government in the interim between legislative sessions. During the recent special session on Medicaid, legislators approved Act 4 to provide the Legislative Council with oversight authority over the marketplace. Its actions will affect the future of the marketplace and ensure the transparency of its operations.

“Washington is working on far-reaching changes to Medicaid. It is important that we monitor these changes and work hard to do what is in the best interests of Arkansans,” Mr. Rapert said in a released statement. “How we implement those changes in Arkansas will be of critical importance to physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, long term care facilities, therapists, insurance companies and of course, patients.”

Also during the special session, the legislature authorized state officials to apply for federal waivers that will allow Arkansas to hold down Medicaid costs and impose work requirements on recipients.

Mr. Rapert is chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Commerce and is a member of another panel that works on Medicaid issues, the Legislative Council’s Hospital and Medicaid Study Subcommittee.