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Board OKs changes in rates for school-worker health coverage

posted: 07/30/2014 5:44 a.m. Discuss

In a 7-1 vote, a state board on Tuesday approved increases in the health insurance rates for some public school employees and reduced rates and benefits for others.

Panel advances health-plan trio

posted: 07/29/2014 3:45 a.m. Comment 1

Health insurance premiums would increase for some public school employees and fall for others under rates recommended by an advisory panel on Monday.

57,700 in state to share rebates from insurers

posted: 07/25/2014 4:08 a.m. Comments 4

More than 57,700 Arkansans will share in $6.3 million in rebates from insurance companies as a result of a provision in the 2010 federal health care overhaul law, a federal agency announced Thursday.

State creating own exchange gets price tag

posted: 07/24/2014 3:47 a.m. Comments 7

The director of a state-created nonprofit exploring a possible state-run health insurance exchange said she will recommend next month that the board request $91 million to $133 million in federal grant money to pay for the exchange's setup costs.

Insurance ruling won't cut off state, officials say

posted: 07/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Comment 1

Tens of thousands of Arkansans will continue to receive federal tax credits to help pay their health insurance premiums despite a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that found that only policies purchased on state-run exchanges qualify for the subsidies, state and federal officials said.

Insurance change favoring generics

posted: 07/20/2014 3:51 a.m. Comments 5

Starting next year, state employees' high-deductible health insurance plans will no longer pay for dozens of brand-name prescription drugs that have cheaper generic equivalents.

3 on Medicaid file suit over access to drug

posted: 07/18/2014 3:34 a.m. Comments 2

Three Arkansans with cystic fibrosis, including a 14-year-old girl, are challenging a state Medicaid policy that they say is blocking their access to an expensive drug needed to treat the deadly disease.

Health-plan rates to climb, educator group warns panel

posted: 07/16/2014 4:31 a.m. Comment 1

Despite changes mandated under laws passed during a special session of the Legislature this month, thousands of teachers and other public school employees likely face significant health insurance rate increases, the president of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators told lawmakers Tuesday.

In Medicaid shift, fraud referrals rise

posted: 07/15/2014 3:40 a.m. Comment 1

In its first year of existence, the state's Office of the Medicaid Inspector General more than doubled the number of Medicaid fraud referrals sent to the state attorney general's office and has increased collection of money owed by health care providers by more than a third, officials with the office said Monday.

Expanded-Medicaid rolls shrink in June

posted: 07/11/2014 2:37 a.m. Comments 2

The number of Arkansans approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program fell slightly in June, largely as a result of the state canceling coverage for almost 4,800 people after officials learned the enrollees' eligibility had not been verified, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Thursday.


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