Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 7:05 am  

Dismang, however, said he still wants to see the agreement with the federal government in writing and in bill form before saying whether he'll support the compromise on Medicaid.

"I think we have to have the bill in front of us," Dismang said. "I don't want to vote on something I don't have in front of me."

So far, a written agreement remains elusive. State Medicaid Director Andy Allison said they've had conversations with federal officials and will continue to do so.

"Written approval from the federal government typically requires a bit more specificity, so we're working with them and we continue to work with them on language," Allison told reporters Monday afternoon.

Beebe said earlier Monday he was encouraged by the numbers, but said he's not pushing legislators to vote on the proposal yet.

"I'm ready when they're ready," Beebe told reporters. "Certainly before they get out of here. We continue to work with them and not try to rush them, as long as they get it done."

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