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Beebe signs into law 'private option' plan

Posted: March 7, 2014 - 11:26am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law a measure reauthorizing Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion for another year.

Beebe on Friday signed the budget bill for the "private option" plan 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 residents. Nearly 94,000 people are receiving subsidized insurance through the program, the first of its kind approved by the federal government.

The program's future had been in jeopardy, but survived a defunding push in the House earlier this week.

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reader 03/07/14 - 11:37 am
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Under the Blue Skies of Arkansas

Grows a Blue mindset as people realize the Republicans have been screwing them for years. Go Blue Arkansas! The Democrats represent the people and the Republicans represent their benefactors, big business and big money.

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crypted quill 03/07/14 - 11:53 am
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Hello reader, Arkansas

Hello reader,

Arkansas Politicians doing the RIGHT thing...YEAH!

"It’s almost impossible to exaggerate the effect of Reagan’s War on Poverty lies, especially as they’re warmed over by Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan as they dream about 2016. Even though Reagan began his Republican political career as a race-baiter and anti-welfare demagogue, by the 1980 campaign and his presidency, he’d softened some. He didn’t rail as much against “welfare queens” and “young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps. Now he projected concern for the poor: He wanted to help them, and poverty programs hurt them." --SALON/ Joan Walsh

'...even Republicans can no longer demonize the poor, maybe Democrats can do something to actually help them.'

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