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February 21st, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Pennington officially announces he is running for Saline County Sheriff

February 21, 2014

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington announced Friday afternoon that he will be seeking his fourth term in office. Pennington retired from the same seat in 2013.
Pennington plans to enter the May primary as a candidate for the Republican party.
See the full story in Sunday's issue of The Saline Courier.

February 20th

Arkansas House of Representatives rejects "Private Option"

February 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A compromise plan for Medicaid expansion in Arkansas remained stalled in the state House Thursday, despite the state Senate endorsing a plan to continue the nationally watched program that is providing subsidized health coverage to more than 87,000 people.

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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