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Andy Davis

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Private option's enrollee cost flat

posted: 03/27/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The per-person payments to insurance companies for coverage under Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program rose by about 1 cent this month to $481.57, according to the state Department of Human Services.

3 firms make pitches to promote exchanges

posted: 03/26/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Three Little Rock firms competing for the contract to promote enrollment in Arkansas' health insurance exchanges for individual consumers and small businesses made presentations to a state board Wednesday.

Insurance marketplace spurns fired attorney's offer

posted: 03/25/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace has rejected a settlement offer from its former attorney, who claims she was fired for urging the nonprofit to release an unredacted copy of a document to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Panel's aim: Put meetings on Web

updated: 03/23/2015 11:16 p.m. Discuss

The task force studying alternatives to Arkansas' private option Medicaid program decided Monday to seek approval to broadcast future meetings through an Internet video feed.

Transfer of $22M sought

posted: 03/19/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

In preparation for the establishment of Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges, the state Insurance Department hopes to transfer up to $22 million in federal grant money to a state-created nonprofit organization, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Wednesday.

Health panel's target: Dec. 15

posted: 03/18/2015 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative task force will present its alternatives to Arkansas' so-called private option for expanded Medicaid coverage to Gov. Asa Hutchinson by Dec. 15, its co-chairman said Tuesday.

Costly drugs OK'd for sickest

posted: 03/18/2015 3:16 a.m. Comment 1

A state board on Tuesday approved a committee's recommendations for covering two new hepatitis-C drugs for teachers and state employees while continuing to restrict such coverage to patients with a certain severity of liver disease who meet other criteria.

Health plan panel votes to keep going

posted: 03/17/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Legislators exploring changes to the health plans for teachers and state employees decided Monday that they want to continue the effort through June 30 of next year.

Plans look at $86,000 hepatitis treatment

updated: 03/15/2015 2:57 a.m. Comments 4

The health plans for teachers and state employees would begin covering two new drugs used to treat hepatitis-C under recommendations that a state board will consider Tuesday.

Board hears 3 vie for job monitoring 1 health exchange

posted: 03/12/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

The three finalists for the contract to monitor the implementation of an Arkansas-based small-business health insurance exchange made presentations to a state board on Wednesday.


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