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Arkansas Legislature formally ends this year's session with questions remaining about Medicaid

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas lawmakers have formally ended this year's legislative session, but face the possibility of returning later during the year to address the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Both the House and Senate met Wednesday to adjourn the session, which recessed earlier this month after a last-minute fight over a religious objections measure.

The Legislature isn't scheduled to return until next year's fiscal session, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll likely call lawmakers back to look at alternatives for covering the hundreds of thousands on the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion.

A legislative task force is expected to issue recommendation for an alternative to the program, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.

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