By Thomas SaccenteTimes [email protected]
Health care was a topic of discussion during the Sebastian County Democratic Party meeting Monday.
Attendees at the forum, held at the West Room at Riverfront Park in Fort Smith, were able to listen and ask questions of Dr. Hershey Garner, an oncologist for the Highlands Oncology Group in northwest Arkansas, and Denise Garner, a retired oncology nurse practitioner who works in nonprofits.
Debi Council, the Sebastian County Democratic Party chairwoman, said Hershey Garner was involved with helping write the Affordable Care Act. Denise Garner is running for the Arkansas House of Representatives District 84 seat.
Denise Garner said the continued expansion of Medicaid is among the issues the Arkansas Legislature is reviewing now.
“The biggest thing right now is that we’re talking about a waiver situation where we have to get permission from the federal government to waive Medicaid payment for those who are not working, able-bodied who are not working, and then also take the 138 percent down to 100 percent poverty line,” Denise Garner said. “So where we expanded Medicaid to include that 138 percentile, they’re asking to take