posted: 04/24/2016 3:03 a.m.
Paying doctors to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas and seven other states helped hold down the cost of patients' medical care over a two-year period, although the savings didn't fully offset the cost of the extra payments, a report found.
posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved and sent to the governor a measure that, through political and procedural maneuvers, is aimed at preserving funding for the state's Medicaid expansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson promptly vetoed a part of the bill that would have stopped the funding.
posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill to reauthorize the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans in the next fiscal year.
posted: 04/20/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill authorizing the use of federal funds for the state's version of Medicaid expansion, after adding an amendment that would eliminate the expansion by year's end -- a step that Gov. Asa Hutchinson promised to veto.
updated: 04/17/2016 5:45 a.m.
After a four-day break, the Republican-dominated Legislature on Tuesday will resume tackling whether to proceed with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto strategy as a means to allow the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans in the next fiscal year.
updated: 04/16/2016 3:09 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he prefers that the Legislature amend and then approve an appropriation bill that bars the state Department of Human Services from spending money on Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion, so that he can issue a line-item veto of the ban in order to continue funding the program.
posted: 04/16/2016 2:21 a.m.
A state legislator said Friday that he is concerned the agency that operates a health insurance exchange for small businesses didn't consult with lawmakers before awarding bonuses to its director and other employees.