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Will the legislature approve Medicaid expansion?

It’s the question dominating coverage of the 89th Arkansas General Assembly, and with good reason. The decision, thrown to the states by the Supreme Court, is one of the biggest the legislature has faced in recent memory.

At the core of the debate is whether more than 200,000 of the state’s neediest citizens will gain access to health insurance. But it’s also a question that will have a dramatic impact on the state’s fiscal future. Gov. Mike Beebe is for expansion, but needs support from three quarters of the legislature to accept it. He and other proponents say that it will create jobs and end up saving the state money; opponents believe that it will eventually cost the state more than we can afford.

The Expand-O-Meter is our our guesstimate of the state of the debate, which we’ll update frequently as new developments come along.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 16:37:00

Expand-o-meter: Signed, sealed, delivered

Chances of expansion passing, final reading: 100 percentSee here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 09:50:26

Expand-o-meter rumor mill: down to the wire

Sunday, 1:45 p.m.: At the Capitol last week, “what’s your count?” was the greeting instead of hello.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 15:02:00

Expand-o-meter: Can Republican leaders get expansion over the line?

We're definitely closer to passing expansion than we've ever been, with legislation moving through the General Assembly and a significant group of Republicans actively pushing for the "private option."

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 16:43:00

Expand-o-meter: chances of expansion keep jumping up

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 85%Last week’s chances: 82%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 14:27:30

Expand-o-meter: chances of expansion getting higher and higher

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 82%Last week’s chances: 75%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter It’s getting down to the wire and the Expand-o-meter remains bullish.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 13:17:00

Expand-o-meter holding steady

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 75%Last week’s chances: 75%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 13:52:00

Almost there? Expand-o-meter keeps rising...

After the emergence of the "private option" last week, things continue to look sunny for the prospects of expanding health coverage.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 14:11:00

Medicaid "private option" has expand-o-meter heating up

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 65%Last week’s chances: 37%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 16:49:31

Playing catch up: Can Beebe stop the Expand-o-meter's plummet?

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 37%Last week’s chances: 35%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter Despite some giving up all hope that Republicans will ever really consider Medicaid expansion, the Expand-o-meter soldiers on!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 14:05:00

Delay delay delay: Prospects looking bleaker for expansion

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 35%.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:13:49

Taking the temperature of the Medicaid expansion debate

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 45%Last week’s chances: 51%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 09:57:00

Taking the temperature of the Medicaid expansion debate

Will the legislature approve Medicaid expansion? Introducing the Expand-o-meter, our guesstimate of the state of the debate, which we’ll update frequently as new developments come along. Today’s chances of passing expansion: 51%

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