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Office: If no new law, 18 million lose insurance

updated: 01/18/2017 4:15 a.m. Comments 9

Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just a year if Republicans scuttle much of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday.

Panel OKs bill to support disabled waiting for aid

updated: 01/18/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A bill directing about $28 million a year in Medicaid funds to help people with developmental disabilities cleared a House committee on Tuesday.

18th Zika case reported in Arkansas, state Health Department says

posted: 01/13/2017 2:02 p.m. Discuss

As of Friday, there have been 18 reported cases of Zika virus in Arkansas, according to the state Department of Health.

Senate vote sets repeal of 'Obamacare' in motion

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.

330,943 in state covered by Medicaid expansion

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

Enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program topped 333,000 in November before dropping to about 331,000 at the end of the year, according to state figures released Thursday.

Eliminated state's Medicaid sign-up backlog, DHS chief reports

updated: 01/12/2017 4:03 a.m. Comment 1

With the help of about 250 temporary caseworkers, the Arkansas Department of Human Services "essentially" met its goal to eliminate a backlog of Medicaid applications and other overdue paperwork by the end of 2016, the department's director said in a letter Wednesday.

Ryan: Goal is to abolish, replace health act in sync

updated: 01/11/2017 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the health care law at the same time, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday.

Obama open to better health law

updated: 01/07/2017 3:10 a.m. Comments 3

President Barack Obama pledged Friday to publicly support repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if Republicans come up with something better, but he cast doubt on the GOP's ability to develop a viable alternative.

Gov. Hutchinson to Trump administration: OK Medicaid cap

posted: 01/05/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has asked members of President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to allow states to set stricter eligibility standards for their expanded Medicaid programs without giving up federal funds provided under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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