- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won’t make a decision about whether to expand the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

Hutchinson told reporters Thursday he’s continuing to review the “private option” and how the state will pay for its eventual share of the cost before deciding whether to back its reauthorization. Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal funds to purchase private insurance for more than 211,000 low income residents.

The program was created as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health law.

Hutchinson defeated Democrat and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross in Tuesday’s election. Hutchinson met with outgoing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe to talk about the transition and announced a steering team as he prepares to take office in January.

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