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Private option OK for 250,799

posted: 05/24/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program last month reached 250,799, surpassing the number state officials estimated to be eligible, according to figures released Friday.

Private option OK for 250,799

posted: 05/23/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program last month reached 250,799, surpassing the number state officials estimated to be eligible, according to figures released Friday.

Insurance chief signs pact to aid open enrollment

posted: 05/22/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

During the open enrollment period for health coverage for individual consumers that starts Nov. 1, the Arkansas Insurance Department will continue to field questions from consumers, provide training for outreach workers and insurance agents, and report on enrollment totals, according to an agreement signed Thursday by Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr.

Exchange said worth clinging to

posted: 05/21/2015 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' work toward establishing state-based health insurance exchanges will benefit the state no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on a challenge to subsidies provided through federal exchanges, the director of a state board told legislators Wednesday.

In-vitro fertilization exemptions backed for some insurers

posted: 05/20/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Some insurance plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses would continue to be exempt from a requirement to cover in-vitro fertilization under a recommendation made by members of a state committee on Tuesday.

Marketplace board to lease new offices

posted: 05/19/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

A state board working to establish Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges will move to new headquarters with more office space in July, the board decided Friday.

State health-premium raise said less likely

posted: 05/16/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

An updated forecast suggests that a state board will not need to increase insurance premiums for public school and state employees after all, a consultant told a board subcommittee Friday.

Medicaid consultant pact OK'd

posted: 05/16/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council on Friday approved a $1 million contract for a New Hampshire firm to provide consulting services to a state health care task force after the task force chairmen dropped their opposition to the contract.

Firm's pact on private option gets review OK

posted: 05/15/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

A $1 million contract to develop recommendations for replacing Arkansas' private option and revamping the rest of the Medicaid program cleared a legislative panel on Thursday over the opposition of a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying the issue.

Health-hub panel given extra month

posted: 05/14/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas health insurance board has been given an additional month to choose a "benchmark" plan that will be used to set requirements for plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses in the state starting in 2017, the chairman of a board committee said Wednesday.

Obama to insurers: Cover all female contraceptives

updated: 05/12/2015 3:36 a.m. Comments 2

The Obama administration on Monday put health insurance companies on notice that they must cover all forms of female contraception, including the patch and intrauterine devices, without imposing copayments or other charges.

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