Ark. lawmakers seek more details on Medicaid

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas legislative leaders say they need more information about the flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid and better figures on how much of a shortfall the program faces as they wrapped up the first week of the session.

    The Arkansas House and Senate recessed on Thursday for a four-day weekend to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Lawmakers convened on Monday for the start of this year's legislative session.

    Senate President Michael Lamoureux said lawmakers want to know how much flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health care law. He also said lawmakers want a firmer number on the new projected shortfall the program faces this year.

    Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has urged lawmakers to support the expansion.

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