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story.lead_photo.caption 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. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

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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Front Section, Pages 1 on 02/21/2014

Print Headline: Private option fails, now by 3 votes

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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 21, 2014 at 5:51 a.m.

    Yep, you guys just go ahead and spend money that we don't have.

  • Molly44
    February 21, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

    I hear that the private option injects billions of dollars into the state's economy, gives a needed boost to hospitals in dire need and saves the state budget more than $600 million on net over the next decade. Saying no would mean less federal spending. If Arkansas says no, it would amount to a 0.0008 percent dent in the national debt, less than a rounding error. Not to mention, this helps over 100,000 Arkansans get healthcare.

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