For 2nd time, private option fails in House

Will keep voting on bill till it passes, speaker declares

Posted: February 20, 2014 at 5:19 a.m.

“We can play this game every day, and I’m prepared to do that and will do that, but the end result will be the same,” House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday after the second straight House vote against extending the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion plan.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to approve funding for Arkansas’ private-option Medicaid expansion for the second day in a row, but the leaders of both chambers said they will take up identical measures today and expect that they will pass.

Private option funding bill falls short again

The House voted 68-27 in favor of a bill continuing Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion, seven votes short of the required supermajority for passage. Another vote is set Thursday. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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