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Questions and answers about the U.S. Ebola case

posted: 10/01/2014 10:19 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Pay by drug, device firms put at $10M

posted: 10/01/2014 5:03 a.m. Discuss

Doctors and teaching hospitals in Arkansas received more than $10 million in payments from drug companies and medical device manufacturers during the last five months of 2013, a federal agency reported Tuesday.

Board recommends appraisal

posted: 09/28/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Consumers shopping for coverage on Arkansas’ health insurance exchange next year would have access to customer satisfaction survey results and other measures of health care quality under a proposal by an advisory board Wednesday.

Some firms giving staffs insurance cash

posted: 09/28/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

When Monty Hagler learned that his employee insurance premiums could rise as much as 38 percent, the small-business owner decided he couldn't afford coverage that complies with the health care overhaul.

Insurers in marketplaces to grow by 25%

posted: 09/25/2014 4:33 a.m. Comment 1

President Barack Obama's top health official announced that the new health insurance marketplaces have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of insurers planning to sell coverage in the 2015 enrollment period, which administration officials cited as a sign of the private market's confidence in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Board recommends health care appraisal

posted: 09/25/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Consumers shopping for coverage on Arkansas' health insurance exchange next year would have access to customer satisfaction survey results and other measures of health care quality under a proposal by an advisory board Wednesday.

Analyst: Schools thriftier as group

posted: 09/24/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Many small school districts would face higher employee health insurance costs if they bought insurance on their own, rather than participate in a statewide program, the director of the state Department of Finance and Administration's Employee Benefits Division told state lawmakers Tuesday.

House's 4 ask state for costs of health plans

posted: 09/24/2014 3:48 a.m. Comments 10

Arkansas' U.S. House delegation questioned in a letter Tuesday why the state insurance commissioner has not released details about the cost of health insurance plans that will be offered on the state's insurance exchange.

UAMS sets women's fitness event for Saturday

updated: 09/26/2014 9:37 a.m. Discuss

In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, the UAMS will host its 12th annual women’s fitness event Saturday.

Lawmakers given time to vet $600,000 outlay

posted: 09/20/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Friday to allow legislators more time to review a request to add $600,000 to a contract with a company that works with doctors to improve coordination of patient care.

Grant to deliver medical-billing data to fingertips

posted: 09/20/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department has been awarded $950,000 to give consumers access on their computers and smartphones to information about the cost of health care services, such as medical procedures and office visits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

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