April 20, 2014
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House votes down private option for 4th day in a row

     For the fourth time in four days, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted down a bill to provide funding to continue the state's Medicaid expansion Friday morning.   The bill, which passed the Arkansas State Senate Thursday on a 27 to 8 vote, was defeated in the house on a 71 to 18 vote, failing to meet the required 75 percent vote needed for passage.
     State Representative Kelly Linck of Flippin, who voted in favor of the bill says he is surprised the bill failed again.
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     Linck says he believes the bill will come up for vote again, possibly as early as Tuesday when the house reconvenes.
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     Linck doesn't know what will happen next.
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     State Representative Kelly Linck of Flippin on the Arkansas House of Representative voting down the bill to fund the state's Medicaid expansion for the fourth day in a row.   The private option plan allows the state to buy private insurance for Arkansans with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level using federal Medicaid money.   The program initially is covered entirely by federal funds, but by 2020, the state would have to pay 10 percent of the cost.   

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