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Arkansas House votes down compromise Medicaid plan

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By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has failed in the state House.

The plan would have reauthorized 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 fell five votes shy of the 75 needed for passage in the 100-member House.

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

Supporters of the measure are expected to try again. House Speaker Davy Carter has said he would try multiple times if the funding measure failed.

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