Arkansas legislators to vote on Medicaid bill again

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion is up for a vote in both legislative chambers, a day after failing to win enough support to pass the House.

    The House and Senate on Wednesday were expected to vote on identical bills to continue the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.

    The legislation failed in the House Tuesday, falling five votes shy of the 75 needed in the 100-member chamber. Senate leaders say they believe they have the 27 votes needed in the 35-member chamber to pass it after negotiating changes to the state's workforce training program sought by a former private option opponent.

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