Beebe, leaders say Medicaid compromise possible

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe and legislative leaders say they believe a compromise on expanding Medicaid in Arkansas is still possible despite the Obama administration telling states they can't do a partial expansion and receive full federal funding.

Beebe and top lawmakers said Tuesday that the directions from the federal government at least provide some clarity on the options available for expanding Medicaid. Republicans have generally opposed the expansion, but had left open the possibility of a compromise that could include reforms for the program. They had also floated the idea of partial expansion.

The federal health care law expanded Medicaid to cover people up to 138% of the federal poverty line, or about $15,400 for an individual. The Supreme Court has said states can opt out of expansion.

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