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Beebe asks group to help stir support for private option
12/9/2013 at 2:30 p.m.
From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday asked a group of electric cooperative directors to help him persuade the Legislature to approve appropriations for Medicaid expansion in Arkansas, ensuring it will continue next year.
Beebe, speaking Monday at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Directors' Winter Conference in Little Rock, warned that there would be dire consequences if Arkansas opts to "go backwards" and deny appropriations for the private option, which allowed thousands of low-income Arkansans to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance.
The legislature approved the private option earlier this year by three-fourths majorities, but Arkansas law requires the appropriations for it pass annually by that same margin. The fiscal session convenes in February.
"Those that voted 'yes' need to be reinforced and thanked and make sure they continue to vote 'yes,'" Beebe told the group. "Those that voted 'no' need to be educated in a professional fashion … Please, satisfy yourself about the truth of this. Then pick up the phone, go by and see your state representative and state senator. It's too important, and it's too high a hurdle just to take for granted."
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