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    House OKs Medicaid 'private option' 62-37

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid money to purchase health care coverage for low-income residents has cleared a preliminary hurdle in the state House.

    Lawmakers voted 62-37 Thursday for legislation authorizing the program, but the measure failed to capture the 75 votes needed for final approval.

    The program's start hinges on approval from federal officials and a three-fourths supermajority in both chambers on a separate budget bill to fund the plan.

    The Senate endorsed "private option" proposal last week on a 24-9 vote - three votes shy of the supermajority needed in that chamber.

    Some lawmakers were urging a delay on the final votes on the proposal, arguing they need more time to analyze the plan and explain it to their constituents.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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