Arkansas House Again Votes Down Medicaid Bill

Feb 19, 2014

Results of the Private Option vote Wednesday.
Credit Arkansas Times

Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has again failed in the state House.

The House on Wednesday voted 68-27 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health law. The measure needed at least 75 votes in the 100-member House.

The measure had failed a day earlier, falling five votes shy on Tuesday.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

House Speaker Davy Carter has said the House will keep voting on the measure until it passes.

Senate leaders say they have the 27 votes needed to pass the measure in the 35-member chamber.