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Arkansas still may get a Medicaid expansion

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (KNOE 8 News) - Officials in Arkansas still think there's a way for the state to get a compromise on expanding Medicaid.

This despite the Obama administration telling states they can't do a partial expansion and still get full federal funding.

Beebe and top Arkansas lawmakers say that the directions from the federal government at least provide some clarity on the options available for expanding Medicaid. Republicans have generally opposed the expansion, but had left open the possibility of a compromise that could include reforms for the program. They had also floated the idea of partial expansion.

The federal health care law expanded Medicaid to cover people up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $15,400 for an individual. The Supreme Court has said states can opt out of expansion.

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