LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - House Speaker Davy Carter says he'll continue talking with opponents of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion to try and break an impasse over the future of the nationally-watched program.
Carter on Wednesday met for about two hours with a handful of lawmakers opposed to reauthorizing the state's "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. The program was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.
The program's future is in doubt after failing before the House on four votes last week. The Senate has approved legislation continuing the program.
The House didn't vote on the program Wednesday, and Carter said he didn't know yet when he would bring it back before the chamber.
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