The state Department of Human Services has used its partially completed electronic enrollment and eligibility verification system to check the incomes of about 100,000 private-option enrollees and other Medicaid recipients over the past three weeks, department officials told legislators Monday.
As lawmakers explore possible changes to Arkansas' Medicaid program, one focus should be the care provided to the elderly, the disabled and people with mental illness, consultants told an advisory panel Thursday.
The Arkansas Insurance Department dissolved one division and created another one Wednesday as responsibility for helping govern Arkansas' federally run health insurance exchanges shifted this week to a nonprofit organization created by the state Legislature.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday in a case involving the federal health care overhaul law allowed more than 48,000 Arkansans to continue receiving help with their health insurance premiums and removed a barrier to the establishment of Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges.
A state board has delayed soliciting bids from companies to provide the technology for a health insurance exchange for individual consumers, in part because of questions about the computerized system the state uses to determine eligibility for Medicaid.
After an eight-month delay, the Arkansas Department of Human Services plans to start Monday rechecking the eligibility of tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients, including those enrolled in the private option.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue paying a Washington consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul, but should also try to add more detail to its contract with the firm, a legislative task force recommended Thursday.
The legislative task force studying Arkansas’ Medicaid program should include a proposed $15 million contract between the state Department of Human Services and a Washington consulting firm in its inquiry, a legislative subcommittee decided Tuesday.