LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A meeting was held Wednesday night to answer questions regarding the use federal Medicaid funds to subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents.
Governor Mike Beebe proposed this as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment as called for under the federal health care law.
Republican Senator David Sanders, R - Little Rock, said doing nothing would cost the state more than $1 billion.
"And, you look at all the negative consequences of the people who would be added to the Medicaid rolls as a result of doing nothing. It's almost counter-intuitive if you think about it. That is a huge cost to the state in the short term and the long term," Sanders said.
The House is expected to vote Thursday on the plan. A final vote, which would require a three-fourths majority, could come Friday.