Ark. Official: No Backup Plan If Funding Blocked
|By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press|
A Democratic lawmaker questioned the odds of the private option continuing after an opponent of it won a state
"Since funding for the fiscal session is at best on life support, does your budget include the possibility of losing the (private option) during the fiscal session?" Sen.
"We do not have a contingency budget," Selig said.
Prospects for renewing the private option — which will require 27 votes in the 35-member
"While opposed to further public dependence on government programs, I had been convinced that the private option might be a first step in the right direction," Irvin said in a statement released Monday to
Irvin did not immediately return a call Tuesday.
The private option sharply divided Republicans, who control both chambers of
More than 70,000 people have enrolled in the private option. Selig and state Medicaid Director
"Essentially when this Legislature decides it want to defund the private option, the primary concern isn't with (
"I think it's working exactly like
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