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February 20th, 2014

Arkansas Senate approves "private option"

February 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, a move that supporters hope will end a stalemate in the House over the future of a program that is providing health coverage to more than 87,000 people.

The Senate voted 27-8 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" program that uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state to win approval for such a plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

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Arkansas lawmakers to try again on 'private option' bill

February 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are to try again with legislation to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion alive, despite previous defeats in the state House.

The Senate and House are expected to vote Thursday on identical measures funding the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law. Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.

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