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Open-enrollment period for health coverage set to end; Non-Medicaid sign-ups hit last day in Arkansas

posted: 12/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

A shortened open-enrollment period for health coverage comes to a close early Saturday, giving millions of Americans, including tens of thousands of Arkansans, just hours to sign up or risk paying a penalty when they file their tax returns next year.

Tobacco deal money to help 500 disabled Arkansans with home-based care

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A law passed this year is providing 201 people with developmental disabilities with home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Tobacco settlement money used to provide services to 200 Arkansans with disabilities

updated: 12/12/2017 2:48 p.m. Discuss

Money from Arkansas’ share of a tobacco lawsuit settlement is paying to help 201 Arkansans with developmental disabilities with daily living tasks in their homes, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Change hems in 139,000 insured Arkansans; 2 plans to curtail out-of-state health care

posted: 12/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

More than 139,000 low-income Arkansans who are covered by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans under Arkansas Works won't have coverage when they see out-of-state health care providers, except under limited circumstances, starting Jan. 1.

State opioid-rules draft sets doctor stipulations, puts 7-day cap on painkillers

posted: 12/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Doctors who prescribe large amounts of narcotic painkillers would be required to take extra precautions under draft regulations unanimously approved by the Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday.

State board reins in its proposal on biotechnology Rx swaps

posted: 12/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In response to lawmakers' objections, a state board has temporarily withdrawn a proposed rule that would have allowed pharmacists to substitute lower-cost versions of biotechnology drugs at the drugstore counter without consulting a patient's doctor.

Rule fills Medigap lack for disabled; insurers must sell under-65 policies

posted: 12/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Insurers would be required to sell supplemental policies to Medicare beneficiaries under age 65 under a rule approved by a legislative panel Tuesday.

Arkansas health program sign-ups up 2,100; Medicaid unit’s costs fall a little

posted: 12/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Enrollment in Arkansas' Medicaid expansion program, known as Arkansas Works, increased by 2,100 people in October, to almost 310,000, the Arkansas Department of Human Services reported Monday.

Insurance plan paring to one state

posted: 12/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Despite its name, the federal Multi-State Plan Program, created to expand consumers' health insurance choices, will soon have only one participating state: Arkansas.

'Corrective' tobacco ads near run, will appear in weekly Little Rock newspaper

posted: 11/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Tobacco companies will soon begin running advertisements on television networks and newspapers across the country designed to counter what a judge called "false, deceptive and misleading public statements" that the companies made for for more than half a century about the health effects of smoking.

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