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End-of-life-care discussions making a comeback

posted: 08/31/2014 5:38 a.m. Comments 2

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over "death panels," the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions might be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.

DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

posted: 08/29/2014 3:28 a.m. Comments 3

Enhanced Medicaid funding made available under the 2010 health care overhaul law would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told lawmakers Thursday.

Health-premium dip set

posted: 08/27/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 8

Premiums for plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange would drop an average of more than 2 percent next year under preliminary rates approved by the state Insurance Department, state officials announced Tuesday.

Merging state health plans put on table

posted: 08/27/2014 2:33 a.m. Comments 2

The state would have to come up with $59.4 million a year to raise funding for public school employee health insurance to the same level provided for state employees' health plans, the director of the Department of Finance and Administration's Employee Benefits Division told lawmakers Tuesday.

Governor's office: Marketplace premiums to drop 2% in 2015

posted: 08/26/2014 4:02 p.m. Comments 4

The governor’s office announced Tuesday that policies sold through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will see a two-percent net decrease in premium costs next year, according to projections from the Arkansas Insurance Department.

Insurers' '15 rates go online in slip-up

posted: 08/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Comments 3

Information inadvertently posted on the Arkansas Insurance Department's website showed that Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the company's national affiliate did not request rate increases for next year for plans the companies are offering on the state's health insurance exchange.

Obama offers birth control opt-out

posted: 08/23/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama's administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

Fort Smith OKs $1.5 million for medical college

posted: 08/20/2014 7:55 a.m. Comment 1

FORT SMITH — Fort Smith has approved spending $1.5 million on infrastructure for a new medical college.

Fewer in state filing for U.S. disability aid

posted: 08/20/2014 5:07 a.m. Comment 1

Fewer low-income children and adults are filing for federal disability benefits in Arkansas this year, according to the state's Social Security disability determination agency.

GOP eases off strategy of hitting health care law

posted: 08/20/2014 4:48 a.m. Comments 3

Republicans seeking to unseat the Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top-issue ads citing President Barack Obama's health care law.

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