posted: 04/20/2014 4:32 a.m.
The health-care law may be Republicans’ favorite weapon against Democrats this year, but there is another issue roiling their party and shaping the establishment-versus-grass-roots divide ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries : the Common Core.
posted: 04/20/2014 4:09 a.m.
An architect of Arkansas’ version of the Medicaid expansion is running for the state Senate in District 17, but has two opponents, including one who opposes government-funded private health-insurance policies for poor Arkansans.
posted: 04/19/2014 3:17 a.m.
More than 3,000 Arkansans with disabilities are waiting for services to help them live outside state institutions, a group of health-care officials were told during the Arkansas Health Disparities Conference on Friday.
posted: 04/18/2014 3:24 a.m.
Eight million people signed up for insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the law’s first year, President Barack Obama said Thursday, declaring that Republicans should stop trying to repeal the measure and work to improve it instead.
posted: 04/18/2014 3:17 a.m.
The cost of providing coverage to Medicaid recipients under Arkansas’ so-called private option has continued to rise, with the state paying insurance companies just over $490 per client in premiums and cost-sharing subsidies this month.
posted: 04/17/2014 5:21 a.m.
Arkansas could save about $88 million in state tax dollars next year by adopting insurance-plan options that would encourage more low wage public school employees to enroll in the state’s expanded Medicaid program, a consultant told state lawmakers on Wednesday.
posted: 04/16/2014 5:06 a.m.
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health-insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Barack Obama’s health-care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
posted: 04/13/2014 5:06 a.m.
Oncologists, rheumatologists and ophthalmologists topped the list of Arkansas physicians who received the highest total Medicare payments in 2012, according to a review of federal data released last week.
posted: 04/13/2014 4:39 a.m.
State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who voted for Medicaid expansion in 2013 and then voted against it this year, will have to defeat a foe of the expansion in the May 20 primary to return to the Legislature in 2015.
posted: 04/12/2014 3:40 a.m.
President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health-care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.
posted: 04/11/2014 2:57 a.m.
Arkansas Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he believes the Department of Human Services is withholding information about the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion plan, which uses federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.
posted: 04/10/2014 5:21 a.m.
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he has been tight-lipped about a Little Rock health-insurance company’s cap on enrollment through the state’s insurance exchange because he feared that the release of information about it could hurt the company competitively.
posted: 04/10/2014 5:11 a.m.
An analysis of government data released Wednesday shows that the cost of drugs administered by doctors accounts for a growing piece of Medicare’s spending and varies widely from region to region in the United States.
posted: 04/10/2014 4:47 a.m.
Enrollment in plans on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange among those who did not qualify for Medicaid rose by about 7,800 people during a two-week span that ended Sunday, according to figures released by the state Insurance Department.
posted: 04/09/2014 5:11 a.m.
The Medicare program is the source of a small fortune for many U.S. doctors, according to a trove of government records that reveal unprecedented details about physician billing practices around the nation.