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Insurance chief signs pact to aid open enrollment

posted: 05/22/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

During the open enrollment period for health coverage for individual consumers that starts Nov. 1, the Arkansas Insurance Department will continue to field questions from consumers, provide training for outreach workers and insurance agents, and report on enrollment totals, according to an agreement signed Thursday by Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr.

Exchange said worth clinging to

posted: 05/21/2015 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' work toward establishing state-based health insurance exchanges will benefit the state no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on a challenge to subsidies provided through federal exchanges, the director of a state board told legislators Wednesday.

In-vitro fertilization exemptions backed for some insurers

posted: 05/20/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Some insurance plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses would continue to be exempt from a requirement to cover in-vitro fertilization under a recommendation made by members of a state committee on Tuesday.

State health-premium raise said less likely

posted: 05/16/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

An updated forecast suggests that a state board will not need to increase insurance premiums for public school and state employees after all, a consultant told a board subcommittee Friday.

Medicaid consultant pact OK'd

posted: 05/16/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council on Friday approved a $1 million contract for a New Hampshire firm to provide consulting services to a state health care task force after the task force chairmen dropped their opposition to the contract.

Firm's pact on private option gets review OK

posted: 05/15/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

A $1 million contract to develop recommendations for replacing Arkansas' private option and revamping the rest of the Medicaid program cleared a legislative panel on Thursday over the opposition of a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying the issue.

Health-hub panel given extra month

posted: 05/14/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas health insurance board has been given an additional month to choose a "benchmark" plan that will be used to set requirements for plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses in the state starting in 2017, the chairman of a board committee said Wednesday.

Firm picked to help with private-option analysis

posted: 05/08/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

A firm founded four years ago by a former Republican nominee for governor of New Hampshire was recommended Thursday for the contract to help a legislative task force develop recommendations for replacing Arkansas' private option and improving the state's Medicaid program.

U.S. doles out $1.4M in grants for clinics

posted: 05/06/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Federally funded community health centers have been awarded a total of more than $1.4 million to open clinics in Hot Springs, Earle and Fayetteville, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

4 firms vie for contract on private-option options

posted: 05/05/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Four firms were selected as finalists Monday for the contract to research options for replacing Arkansas' private option and improving the rest of the state's Medicaid program.


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