The latest county-level review of Private Option data shows enrollment continues to increase in every Arkansas county, with hundreds, and in many cases thousands, of people in each county now getting health care coverage under the new program, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Monday. In Van Buren County the number of residents who have enrolled in the program is 669.

"We are pleased to see that enrollment has remained steady across the state," said DHS Director John Selig. "We can tell word is really getting out about the program and people are really seeing its value."

In all, 96,950 people had gained health care coverage through the Private Option as of Feb. 6. Coverage under the Private Option began Jan. 1. Of those enrolled so far, 87,061 were covered by a private health insurance plan and 9,889 had been determined to be better served by the traditional Medicaid program because of exceptional health care needs.

The 10 counties with the highest enrollment are: Pulaski County with 12,094; Washington County with 4,338; Garland County with 4,202; Benton County with 4,078; Craighead County with 3,318; Faulkner County with 3,303; Jefferson County with 3,263; Sebastian County with 3,122; Crittenden County with 2,560; and Saline County with 2,310.