Arkansas House Votes Down ‘Private Option’

Photo courtesy of affiliate station KTHV - Channel 11.

Photo courtesy of affiliate station KTHV - Channel 11.

Legislation to continue Arkansas’ compromise Medicaid expansion was voted down in the Arkansas House of Representatives today, according to the the Arkansas state legislature website, according to a report from affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11.

The plan, had it succeeded, would have allowed funding for the so called “private option” that was approved last year.

The “private option” was an alternative to expanding Medicaid’s enrollment under Obamacare. The measure was six votes shy of the 75 it needed to pass in the 100-member House of Representatives.

With the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income Arkansas residents.

Read the story from affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11 by clicking here. 

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