Dear Editor,

The Arkansas legislature created a model of organized care (PASSE) to address health care needs of high needs Medicaid beneficiaries. Arkansas Medicaid spends $1 billion per year, and this program designed to improve services while saving money. However, as parents of one of those beneficiaries, we know the program has NOT worked. We’ve had to battle this new system for 18 months now for our son to continue receiving medically necessary services he’d received for several years (prior to the PASSE). There is not ONE service that the PASSE continued to provide without a fight. It’s been a scary time. We’re sad to report that our son’s services have NOT improved, and the only way the PASSE is saving money is by denying or delaying medically necessary services for our state’s most vulnerable population.

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