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House OKs proposal to cut $5 trillion

updated: 03/26/2015 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The Republican-controlled House approved a budget blueprint Wednesday that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.

3 firms make pitches to promote exchanges

posted: 03/26/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Three Little Rock firms competing for the contract to promote enrollment in Arkansas' health insurance exchanges for individual consumers and small businesses made presentations to a state board Wednesday.

GOP pushes for budget-plan OKs

updated: 03/25/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

House and Senate Republicans steamed ahead Tuesday toward their goal of the approval of balanced-budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out his 5-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade.

Insurance marketplace spurns fired attorney's offer

posted: 03/25/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace has rejected a settlement offer from its former attorney, who claims she was fired for urging the nonprofit to release an unredacted copy of a document to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Senate GOP budget at odds with House

updated: 03/19/2015 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Senate Republicans unveiled a spending plan Wednesday that sets up a confrontation between their party's defense and budget hawks and omits a politically polarizing Medicare overhaul championed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Transfer of $22M sought

posted: 03/19/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

In preparation for the establishment of Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges, the state Insurance Department hopes to transfer up to $22 million in federal grant money to a state-created nonprofit organization, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Wednesday.

GOP proposes $3.8 trillion budget

updated: 03/18/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

House Republicans offered a 10-year budget plan Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a decade.

Health panel's target: Dec. 15

posted: 03/18/2015 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative task force will present its alternatives to Arkansas' so-called private option for expanded Medicaid coverage to Gov. Asa Hutchinson by Dec. 15, its co-chairman said Tuesday.

Costly drugs OK'd for sickest

posted: 03/18/2015 3:16 a.m. Comment 1

A state board on Tuesday approved a committee's recommendations for covering two new hepatitis-C drugs for teachers and state employees while continuing to restrict such coverage to patients with a certain severity of liver disease who meet other criteria.

Plans look at $86,000 hepatitis treatment

updated: 03/15/2015 2:57 a.m. Comments 4

The health plans for teachers and state employees would begin covering two new drugs used to treat hepatitis-C under recommendations that a state board will consider Tuesday.

New sign-ups start today for health penalty payers

updated: 03/14/2015 6:05 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting today, and that stands to ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

LR lecture focuses on health care law

posted: 03/14/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Columbia University professor Michael Sparer will speak about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

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