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Arkansas Senate Passes Health Care Expansion Bill

The Arkansas Senate approved legislation Friday that would allow more than 250,000 uninsured residents in the state to obtain health coverage.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Senate approved legislation Friday that would allow more than 250,000 uninsured residents in the state to obtain health coverage.

A 24-9 vote sends SB 1020 to the Arkansas House.

Senator Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, a cosponsor of the legislation, says the bill has stipulations that protect the state if any terms of federal health care expansion changes.

"We have a program tailored to Arkansas within the Affordable Care Act," Dismang says.

Another vote will be required to appropriate money for the health care expansion.

That vote requires a 75% super majority or 27 votes in the Senate.

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