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Health Care

Adviser: Keep private option

posted: 10/08/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas should continue its private-option Medicaid program while adding requirements to encourage healthful behavior and for unemployed recipients to find jobs, a consulting firm recommended Wednesday.

Changing the private option

posted: 10/08/2015 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

In a presentation to Arkansas legislators Wednesday, New Hampshire-based consultants The Stephen Group recommended revising the private option, the state's expanded Medicaid program that uses federal dollars to subsidize private health insurance for up to 250,000 Arkansans.

Board delays request for state health exchange data

posted: 10/08/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace board decided Wednesday to heed an appeal from Gov. Asa Hutchinson to delay issuing a request for information to technology vendors regarding a state health insurance exchange for individual Arkansans.

Hold off exchange cost data, board told

posted: 10/07/2015 5:46 a.m. Comment 1

Saying he doesn't want to "send a confusing message to the public and health care community," Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked a state board Monday to postpone plans to seek information on the cost of installing an Arkansas-based health insurance exchange for individual consumers.

State receives report on Medicaid changes

posted: 10/02/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Although it was submitted Thursday, a consultant's report recommending changes to the state's Medicaid program, including the private option, won't be released to the public until Wednesday, a state legislator said.

Insurer exchange chief's raise OK'd

posted: 10/01/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace board voted Wednesday to increase the marketplace director's annual salary by $5,000 to $170,000.

UAMS to share patient reviews of physicians

posted: 09/30/2015 1:35 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now displaying ratings and comments about its physicians online.

Governor pitches insurance subsidies

posted: 09/25/2015 5:29 a.m. Comments 5

Subsidizing some employer-sponsored insurance with Medicaid funds would affect an estimated 7,700 low-income Arkansans and save the state's Medicaid program $29 million annually, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told an advisory group Thursday.

Audit: Health care site flawed

posted: 09/25/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The government stored sensitive personal information on millions of health insurance customers in a computer system with basic security flaws, according to an official audit that uncovered slipshod practices.




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