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Insurers seek double-digit rate increases

updated: 07/05/2015 5:07 a.m. Comments 6

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Medicare fraud went unnoticed

updated: 07/05/2015 5:07 a.m. Comments 3

The social worker's bills were as suspicious as they were numerous.

Researchers screen vets' health online

posted: 07/05/2015 4:54 a.m. Discuss

An investigator with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a research coordinator from the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System are working to make it easier for veterans and service members nationwide to seek mental health care.

Aetna offering $35B for rival

updated: 07/04/2015 4:16 a.m. Comment 1

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the 2010 federal health care overhaul.

Reliance on care homes is noted

updated: 07/03/2015 4:13 a.m. Comment 1

As lawmakers explore possible changes to Arkansas' Medicaid program, one focus should be the care provided to the elderly, the disabled and people with mental illness, consultants told an advisory panel Thursday.

Business news in brief: Siloam Springs hospital names new CEO

posted: 07/03/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has named Patrick Kerrwood its new chief executive officer. He starts July 13.

Obama touts health care options

updated: 07/02/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better.

Health exchange shift leads to insurance agency shuffle

posted: 07/02/2015 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Insurance Department dissolved one division and created another one Wednesday as responsibility for helping govern Arkansas' federally run health insurance exchanges shifted this week to a nonprofit organization created by the state Legislature.

Arkansas Children's Hospital helping on food-allergy study

posted: 06/30/2015 7:07 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Children's Hospital's Research Institute will receive $119,000 over the next year for its part in a study of food allergies.

Justices sustain health law

updated: 06/26/2015 5:02 a.m. Comments 2

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a core component of President Barack Obama's health care law, backing tax credits used by millions of Americans to buy insurance.

State freer to launch exchanges

updated: 06/26/2015 5 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday in a case involving the federal health care overhaul law allowed more than 48,000 Arkansans to continue receiving help with their health insurance premiums and removed a barrier to the establishment of Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges.

GOP lawmakers vow to keep up fight

updated: 06/26/2015 4:55 a.m. Comments 4

Congressional Republicans acknowledged Thursday that their options are limited in replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, though they vowed the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal subsidies that are the backbone of the law is not the end of their fight.

Presidential hopefuls hold to party line on ruling

updated: 06/26/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Statements from candidates who hope to succeed President Barack Obama make clear that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the president's health care law will not end the debate nor efforts to replace it.

Ruling excerpts

updated: 06/26/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Excerpts from the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts and a dissent written by Justice Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the tax subsidies underpinning the Affordable Care Act:

Reaction to ruling

updated: 06/26/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas leaders respond to health care ruling

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