Committee passes bill merging AHIM with Arkansas Insurance Department


A bill that would abolish the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace and move its responsibilities into the Arkansas Insurance Department advanced through committee Thursday.

SB 113 advanced on a voice vote through the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee, with none objecting. Sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, it also would abolish AHIM’s board of directors.

AHIM is the state-based entity helping administer the exchange through which individuals purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Currently, 62,731 Arkansans have insurance that they purchased through the exchange. The Legislature created AHIM in 2013. An oversight committee formed that year has recommended that it be merged into AID.

“We have people there that really don’t have that much to do, and it’s time to move forward,” said the oversight committee’s chair, Sen. Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne.

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