Private option falls short

House vote 5 shy, riles Democrats

Posted: February 19, 2014 at 5:05 a.m.

State Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, (standing) talks with House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman after speaking in favor of continued funding for the expanded, private-option Medicaid plan. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, (front left) voted no, while Nate Bell, R-Mena, (front right) voted yes. State Reps. Butch Wilkins (back row), D-Bono, and Jody Dickinson, D-Newport, also backed the proposal.

House Democrats are promising retaliation after Tuesday’s failure to approve funding for Arkansas’ private option Medicaid expansion plan.

House votes down private option funding bill

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted down an appropriations bill for the private option Medicaid expansion program, but House Speaker Davy Carter says another vote will be scheduled Wednesday. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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