Mike Beebe, Legislative Leaders Say Medicaid Compromise Possible

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 2:26 pm  

"I'm glad we know," Carter said. "Now we can rule that out and focus on the options that do remain."

Republicans have floated the possibility of Medicaid reforms, including co-pays and drug testing for some recipients - which they say will help keep costs down - in exchange for an expansion or partial expansion. GOP leaders also have said they want to address a shortfall in Arkansas' Medicaid program that has prompted state officials to propose service cuts before talking about any expansion.

Beebe has asked the federal government for a "global waiver" that would give the state more flexibility on how it uses federal Medicaid funds but cap its spending over the next eight years, a move that could allow for some of the reforms sought by Republicans.

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