Arkansas compromise Medicaid expansion stays alive

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, sending the governor legislation that will keep alive a program that's extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.

The House voted 76-24 Tuesday to reauthorize funding for the "private option" program that uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state to win federal approval for such a model, an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law.

The measure needed at least 75 votes in the House. The Senate last month approved the legislation.

The program's future had been in doubt after its funding bill failed four times before the House.

The measure now heads to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who plans to sign it into law.

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