Another Critical Vote Ahead For Arkansas's Private Option

Feb 25, 2014

The floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives before votes were held last week.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives meets today. Lawmakers have lots of appropriation bills – which continue funding for various programs and agencies – awaiting their approval. They are all held up by the state's “private option,” its Medicaid expansion compromise.

The private option uses federal funds through the Affordable Care Act to buy private insurance for people with low incomes. The House voted four times last week on it, but is just a few votes shy of the 75 needed to continue its funding. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey talk about the political situation at the State Capitol as the program comes up for another critical vote.