LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House leaders say a proposal to limit the time frame in which people can sign up for Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be key to breaking a legislative deadlock over the nationally-watched program's future.
The House adjourned for the weekend Thursday with the funding bill for the "private option" stalled in the chamber. The House hasn't voted on the bill since last week, when it failed four times to win enough support to pass.
Approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid, the "private option" uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
Opponents are weighing whether to support the private option if the state agrees to seek federal approval for a limited enrollment period for the program. The change would not require legislative approval.
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