LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says the federal government has agreed to a Medicaid expansion deal that would allow about 250,000 low-income people in Arkansas to receive federal subsidies to purchase private insurance through an exchange.
He announced the option on Tuesday after meeting with lawmakers to update them on his discussions with federal officials last week in Washington.
Beebe, a Democrat, has been proposing that Arkansas expand its Medicaid program under the federal health care law but has faced opposition from Republican lawmakers. Instead of expanding the state Medicaid program, the new option would provide federal Medicaid funds to allow people to purchase private insurance.
Legislative leaders said they were encouraged by the new option available to the state, but said additional discussion was needed on how to proceed with Medicaid.
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