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Andy Davis

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Gardner to exit health-hub post

posted: 01/20/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The director of the agency responsible for Arkansas' health insurance exchanges said Thursday that she has resigned to take a job in New Mexico.

Panel OKs bill to support disabled waiting for aid

updated: 01/18/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A bill directing about $28 million a year in Medicaid funds to help people with developmental disabilities cleared a House committee on Tuesday.

Officer at DHS accepts new job

posted: 01/14/2017 2:40 a.m. Comments 4

The official in charge of publicly funded mental health services in Arkansas has resigned for a job with a private mental health and substance abuse treatment provider.

330,943 in state covered by Medicaid expansion

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program topped 333,000 in November before dropping to about 331,000 at the end of the year, according to state figures released Thursday.

Eliminated state's Medicaid sign-up backlog, DHS chief reports

updated: 01/12/2017 4:03 a.m. Comment 1

With the help of about 250 temporary caseworkers, the Arkansas Department of Human Services "essentially" met its goal to eliminate a backlog of Medicaid applications and other overdue paperwork by the end of 2016, the department's director said in a letter Wednesday.

Gov. Hutchinson to Trump administration: OK Medicaid cap

posted: 01/05/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has asked members of President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to allow states to set stricter eligibility standards for their expanded Medicaid programs without giving up federal funds provided under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Decrease in adults not going to doctor seen in Arkansas

posted: 12/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

The percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of the cost fell last year for at least the second year in a row, according to a report by a private foundation.

State health plans will pay fees 'under protest'

posted: 12/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

In a special meeting, a state board on Wednesday authorized the health plans covering public-school and state employees to pay $224,000 "under protest" to transfer the employees' health-savings accounts from one company to another.

Mumps hitting Arkansas' Marshallese population hard; doctors looking for a reason

updated: 12/20/2016 2:44 a.m. Comments 4

The breadth of the outbreak of mumps in Northwest Arkansas appears to be linked in part to that area's community of Marshall Islanders, the director of the state Department of Health said Monday.

Arkansas task force OK'd to put brakes on Medicaid

posted: 12/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

During its final meeting Thursday, which lasted just over 20 minutes, a legislative task force unanimously approved a report recommending steps the state should take to slow the growth of spending in the state's Medicaid program.

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