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Private option fails, now by 3 votes

Senate passes it; in 3rd try, House’s 72-25 closer to OK

Posted: February 21, 2014 at 5:35 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/20/14--
Rep Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, left, House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, top, Jeff Wardlaw, D-Warren, right, and Rep John Burris, R-Harrison, discuss Burris's bill to fund private option Medicaid expansion in the House chamber Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol. The House again fell short of passing a funding bill to continue Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion despite the Senate passing an identical bill earlier in the day. The House voted 72-25 in favor of House Bill 1150, marking the third time in as many days it has failed to reach the required 75-vote supermajority threshold for passage.The private option plan allows the state to buy private insurance for Arkansans with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level using federal Medicaid money.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/20/14-- Rep Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, left, House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, top, Jeff Wardlaw, D-Warren, right, and Rep John Burris, R-Harrison, discuss Burris's bill to fund private option Medicaid expansion in the House chamber Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol. The House again fell short of passing a funding bill to continue Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion despite the Senate passing an identical bill earlier in the day. The House voted 72-25 in favor of House Bill 1150, marking the third time in as many days it has failed to reach the required 75-vote supermajority threshold for passage.The private option plan allows the state to buy private insurance for Arkansans with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level using federal Medicaid money.

The Arkansas House of Representatives failed Thursday for a third day in a row to approve funding for Arkansas’ private-option Medicaid expansion, just hours after the Senate narrowly passed the proposal on the first try.

Senate passes private option funding bill

The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill continuing Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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