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Budget falls short for state children, advocate asserts

updated: 01/29/2015 3:51 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed budget falls short in providing funds for preschool and other programs that benefit children, the director of an advocacy group said Wednesday.

Health exchange advisers support keeping criteria

updated: 01/29/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

An advisory panel for Arkansas' federally operated health insurance exchange on Wednesday approved a recommendation that the state continue using the same criteria it set last year for plans offered on the exchange.

'15 ushers in dip in private option's cost

updated: 01/28/2015 4:27 a.m. Discuss

During the first year of Arkansas' private option, the program's monthly cost per enrollee averaged $489.70 -- more than $12 above the target set under the terms of a federal waiver, figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Human Services show.

Bill asks pause to care changes

posted: 01/24/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The bill that would create a task force to study a replacement program for Arkansas' private option would also suspend the implementation of "independence accounts" for enrollees with incomes below the poverty level.

Final 2 in running to build exchange described as 'solid'

updated: 01/23/2015 10:04 p.m. Comments 3

The company that supplied the technology for the federally operated small-business health insurance exchanges and a firm that built parts of California's exchange were publicly revealed Friday as the two finalists in the competition for a contract to build a small-business exchange for Arkansas.

Governor airs health plan

posted: 01/23/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state’s expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an “alternative health coverage model” for “vulnerable populations” now covered under the program.

Governor airs health plan

posted: 01/23/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state's expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an "alternative health coverage model" for "vulnerable populations" now covered under the program.

Bidding for clinic gets OK of board

posted: 01/21/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

In a divided vote Tuesday, a state board decided for a second time to seek bids from health care organizations to set up a clinic for state employees near the state Capitol.

Agency's panelists allow in reporter

updated: 01/15/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Four members of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace board said Wednesday that they favor holding the board's committee meetings in a larger room to provide better access to members of the public who want to attend.

List for exchange contract cut to 2

updated: 01/14/2015 4:02 a.m. Comments 2

A committee on Tuesday narrowed the list of companies competing for the contract to supply the technology for an Arkansas-based health-insurance exchange for small businesses from six to two.

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