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story.lead_photo.caption Rep. Sheilla Lampkin D-Monticello gathers with Rep. John Burris (standing) R-Harrison and Rep. Josh Miller R-Heber Springs behind the empty chair of Rep. John Payton, R-Wilburn, who was supposed to be present to cast a “paired” House vote on the private-option funding measure but could not be found. - Photo by Rick McFarland

For the fourth day in a row, the House of Representatives rejected a funding bill for the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion, as another former supporter announced he would vote against the measure.

Day 4: Private-option funding falls short again

The House voted again Friday on a funding bill that would continue Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion and it again failed to get the required supermajority for passage. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Photo by Rick McFarland
House Speaker Davy Carter (right) said Friday that he still expected the private-option measure to pass, calling it “serious business, and this membership is going to take this seriously.”

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 02/22/2014

Print Headline: House’s 71-18 vote stops private option on 4th try

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