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Endangered Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Fails First Of Several Votes

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The bill is expected to eventually pass in the House, the Times reported, and amendments designed to win over the five needed votes have already been introduced. One, to give an example, would prohibit the state from spending any money to advertise for and the private option.

As TPM previously reported, the real test could be the state Senate, where conservatives had expressed confidence that they had enough votes to block a supermajority there.

But the Times also reported Tuesday that a Republican state senator, Jane English, announced her decision to support the Medicaid expansion funding, but only in exchange for workforce training funding that she has previously sought.

If the funding bill does clear the House and English gives her vote, that should be enough to keep Medicaid expansion alive in Arkansas, according to the Times.

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