Primary offers muddled verdict on Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The future of Arkansas' nationally heralded compromise Medicaid expansion remains hazy after voters delivered a mixed verdict in dozens of Republicans contests that had centered on the program in Tuesday's primary. Arkansas' use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor - dubbed the "private option" - factored into dozens of GOP contests up and down the ballot in Tuesday's primary. Several key legislative match ups are what supporters and opponents of the program watched closely as they try to see whether there will be support to continue the program when lawmakers convene next year. Reauthorizing the program next year will require a three-fourths vote in the House and Senate, a threshold barely cleared in the Legislature earlier this year.