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Andy Davis

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State boots health savings handler over fee dispute

posted: 12/10/2016 3:41 a.m. Discuss

A dispute over fees has led the agency that administers the health plans for teachers and state employees to cancel its contract with the company that administers the employees' health savings accounts, the agency's director said Friday.

U.S. raises private option Medicaid 'cap' 9%

posted: 12/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A higher limit on the cost of Arkansas' private option Medicaid program reflects rising drug prices and increased use of medical services by participants, a state Department of Human Services spokesman said Thursday.

2004 FLASHBACK: Astronaut John Glenn visits Little Rock's Museum of Discovery

posted: 12/08/2016 3:06 p.m. Discuss

Space pioneer John Glenn told a group of Arkansas children Wednesday that they should always value their sense of curiosity.

Medicaid gets U.S. leeway, Arkansas governor says

posted: 12/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that federal officials have approved most of his proposed changes to the state's expanded Medicaid program, but they won't allow the state to offer as much help to businesses as he had hoped.

Nearing Medicaid deal, Hutchinson says in D.C.

posted: 12/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Less than a month before the federal waivers of Arkansas' private option are set to expire, state and federal officials are still trying to reach an agreement on how to restructure the state's expanded Medicaid program.

Virginia firm keeps pact as health plans' actuary

posted: 12/06/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

A Virginia firm is set to continue providing actuarial services for the health plans for teachers and state employees after the state's procurement director overturned a decision to award the contract to another firm.

Little Rock doctor fined $1,000 in prescriptions case

updated: 12/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Friday issued a $1,000 fine to the owner of a Little Rock "medical spa" after she admitted to signing blank prescriptions for a nurse to fill out and give to patients.

State Medicaid backlog persists; 27,882 cases still unresolved

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

With just a month left to meet their self-imposed deadline, state Department of Human Services officials told lawmakers Thursday that they still have a backlog of overdue Medicaid applications and other paperwork related to about 28,000 people.

DHS to keep firm's services for Medicaid

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will pay a consulting firm up to $4.3 million over the next two years to continue sending out proof-of-coverage forms that many Medicaid recipients are required to file along with their taxes, state officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.

In study, 1 mental care plan saves less

posted: 11/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Compared with traditional managed care, a plan to hire provider-led managed-care organizations to provide Medicaid benefits for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill would likely take longer to implement and would save less money, a consultant told lawmakers on Tuesday.

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