Arkansas's Private Option Plan Ranked As Top Story Of 2013

Dec 31, 2013

Gov. Mike Beebe signs the private option proposal into law on April 23, 2013. The expansion of health insurance in Arkansas was ranked the top story of 2013.
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Arkansas' unusual approach to expand health insurance for low-income residents by using Medicaid money for private coverage is the top story of 2013, as voted on by Associated Press members.

Coming in second is the Mayflower oil spill, while the quest to end Arkansas' desegregation payments is third.

The already-heated Senate race between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is fourth, and Clarksville's plan to arm some schoolteachers came in fifth.

The arrest and resignation of Treasurer Martha Shoffner was voted sixth, and the Legislature's passage of strict abortion restrictions came in seventh.

The flash flooding that killed the Scott County sheriff and three others is eighth, while the Arkansas governor's race came in ninth. The planned $1 billion steel mill in Osceola rounded out the list.