LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The vote in Arkansas is so dramatic on many levels, and this includes the health of over 750,000 Arkansans. That's how many don't have adequate health insurance. For 250,000 people, there is no insurance at all.
Medicaid Expansion, however, will mean insurance for all those in need, but it's not guaranteed.
As associate dean of the College of Public Health at UAMS Kevin Ryan pointed out, the legislative races statewide will go a long way in determining the bill's fate. Because it's an appropriation, 75 percent of the legislature has to approve the measure. That's 75 out of 100 state representatives, and 27 out of 35 state senators.
Though it sounds ambitious, there is room for compromise. Ryan feels that some form of expansion will occur.