Ark. fiscal session focuses on Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - There's no question among Arkansas lawmakers that the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year will be the focus as they convene this week for the third-ever fiscal session of the state Legislature.

What's up in the air is whether there's enough support to keep the so-called private option program alive - and what will happen if the state abandons it.

Less than a year after the Legislature approved the private option that's extended coverage to more than 83,000 people, the program's future tops the agenda as the House and Senate convene Monday for the 2014 session.

After losing two key votes in the Senate and heading into an election season where Republicans are again running against the president's health care law, the expansion authorized under that law is in jeopardy.

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