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Enrollee ages lifted private-option tab

posted: 04/24/2014 5:14 a.m. Comments 5

A higher-than-expected average age of enrollees is the primary reason the cost of the state’s so-called private-option Medicaid program is running above projections, a consultant to the Arkansas Department of Human Services found.

Teacher insurance still looking to ease cost burden

posted: 04/23/2014 5:18 a.m. Discuss

Dropping part-time employees from coverage, limiting when employees’ spouses can enroll and increasing funding are among measures the administrator of the state’s health-insurance plans for teachers and other school employees said he will recommend to legislators later this month.

Exchange total murk for Medicaid ineligible

posted: 04/23/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday released figures showing that 44,665 people who did not qualify for Medicaid had enrolled in coverage through Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange as of Monday.

London doctor to lead UAMS cancer center

updated: 04/22/2014 2:20 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A London doctor has been tapped to serve as the new director for a cancer center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

155,000 Arkansans signed up for 'private option' program, officials say

posted: 04/21/2014 3:48 p.m. Comments 9

Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state's compromise Medicaid expansion program.

'Major announcement' set for UAMS Myeloma Institute

posted: 04/21/2014 12:06 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe will be among those on hand for a "major announcement" this week regarding the UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, officials said Monday.

Common Core GOP’s latest salvo

posted: 04/20/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

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.

Private option a divider in race for Senate’s District 17

posted: 04/20/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

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.

3,000 waiting for disability services, panel says

posted: 04/19/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

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.

Obama: Haul for health law hits 8 million

posted: 04/18/2014 3:24 a.m. Comment 1

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.

Private-option tab at $496 per client

posted: 04/18/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

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.

Expert: Insurance tweaks save

posted: 04/17/2014 5:21 a.m. Comment 1

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.

Census Bureau shift makes health-law appraisal harder

posted: 04/16/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

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.

42 physicians in state head Medicare list

posted: 04/13/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 6

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.

Private-option law focus in GOP race

posted: 04/13/2014 4:39 a.m. Comments 2

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.

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