Medicaid Expansion Approved By Ark. House

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT) -- The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday agreed to Gov. Mike Beebe’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the state using private coverage sourced through its pending health insurance exchange, passing an appropriations bill including the proposal after initially rejecting the legislation.

The bill, H.B. 1219, sets out appropriations authority for the state’s Department of Human Services’ $5.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, including funding for the Medicaid expansion. The state’s majority-Republican House voted 77-23 to approve the legislation — just over the 75 vote threshold required...
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