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    Ark. lawmakers near key votes on health insurance

    7:17 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
    Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of a proposal to expand health insurance coverage for low-income residents are set to make their case for the "private option" plan that's due for several key votes this week.

    Lawmakers are to hold a special public discussion on the plan Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the state Capitol.

    The Senate and a House committee have approved the proposal that calls for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid funds made available under the 2010 health care law to subsidize private health insurance for 250,000 residents who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty line - some $15,415 per year.

    Republican House Speaker Davy Carter says he expects the House to approve the plan by Friday - but a GOP leader in the House is speaking out against the proposal.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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