LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House leaders say they'll hold a special meeting to discuss a Senate-approved proposal to use federal money to purchase health insurance for low-income residents.
Carter told reporters Saturday that House lawmakers would hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss the "private option" proposal that GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe have negotiated as a compromise over the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law. On Friday, the Senate approved the measure, which would expand insurance for about 250,000 low-income residents.
Carter says he thinks the plan has enough support to clear the House despite a push from GOP Majority Leader Bruce Westerman to present a competing measure. Westerman says he's unsatisfied with the current proposal and plans to file his own legislation next week.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.