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    Ark. gov. meets with Sebelius on Medicaid ideas

    9:22 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he feels good about the state's options on a potential Medicaid expansion after meeting with Obama administration officials.

    Beebe on Friday met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington while in town for the National Governors Association winter meeting.

    Beebe said in a statement released by his office that he spoke with Sebelius about expansion ideas he's heard from lawmakers. The ideas include a proposal to allow those eligible for Medicaid under the expansion to instead buy private insurance through an exchange created under the federal health care law.

    Beebe is a Democrat who supports expanding Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health law. He's faced resistance from the Republican-led House and Senate.

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