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Arkansas Pharmacists Association Supports Private Option

A group of Arkansas pharmacists say ending the private option would be bad public policy.
Little Rock -- (KARK) A group of Arkansas pharmacists say ending the private option would be bad public policy.

There was a lack of support from the group when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

Now -- in a new survey -- nearly 80% of those in the Arkansas Pharmacists Association say it's effective.

And, they see many patients who's prescriptions are only filled because of the private option.

Arkansas Pharmacists Association CEO Mark Riley said, "When a program is put into place that gives coverage to people who didn't have coverage before, they see a lot of pain and suffering alleviated because people are able to afford their healthcare. "

State legislators will debate funding for the private option when they go back into session later this month.
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