LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -
The Arkansas House has approved expanding the ARKids First health-insurance
program to cover about 8,000 more children in the state.
The House voted 82-14 on Monday in favor of the expansion. Democratic
Rep. Robert Moore of Arkansas City
proposed the measure, which is part of Gov. Mike Beebe's health-care package
Currently, families making 200 percent of the federal poverty
level qualify for the insurance. Moore's
bill would increase that to 250 percent of the federal poverty level. The
poverty level is $22,500 for a family of four.
The measure would be paid for by the recently enacted
increase in the tobacco tax, along with federal funds. The bill now goes to the