The Arkansas House of Representatives is showing more signs of a continued stalemate over reauthorizing funds for the private option. On Tuesday measures to fund the Department of Human Services Division of Medical Services were not brought up for a vote, as House leadership indicated that the chamber was still two votes shy of reaching the 75 percent supermajority to reapprove the healthcare program for poor Arkansans.
Just a few months after gas prices in Arkansas dropped below $3 a gallon, they’re back on the rise.
Regular unleaded gasoline reached a state average of $3.23 per gallon as of Tuesday, up six cents since last week.
“We’ve seen crude oil prices ratchet up in recent days and that’s driven up wholesale gasoline prices,” said Mike Right of Triple-A Auto Club, “and it’s not unusual to see that prices rise this time of year. In fact, last year at this time we were paying $3.64 a gallon.”
The House is delaying its fifth vote on whether to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.
House leaders on Tuesday scuttled plans for another vote that afternoon on whether to reauthorize the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law.
Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.