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State submits waiver change on Medicaid

posted: 09/16/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' Medicaid director Monday submitted for federal approval proposals to establish "independence accounts" for enrollees in the private option and to limit their access to Medicaid-funded nonemergency medical transportation.

Health centers get U.S. funding

posted: 09/13/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' 12 community health centers will share almost $2.8 million in supplemental funding made available under the 2010 federal health care overhaul law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

Private-option premium drops

posted: 09/12/2014 4:06 a.m. Comments 10

The per-person premium for Arkansans enrolled in the so-called private option Medicaid program fell for the fifth month in a row as younger people continued to enroll in the program, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Thursday.

Establishing state-run exchange pushed back

posted: 09/11/2014 5:51 a.m. Discuss

A state-created nonprofit Wednesday decided that it will aim to set up a health insurance exchange in 2016, instead of next year, that would replace the exchange set up for the state by the federal government.

Insurance enrolling gets push privately

posted: 09/10/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is using a private foundation's $300,000 grant to fund the salaries of four outreach workers helping people enroll in insurance coverage made available under the federal health care law, the director of the advocacy group said Tuesday.

U.S. forecasts higher cost for private option

posted: 09/09/2014 4:05 a.m. Comments 10

Arkansas officials used "questionable" assumptions when they estimated that expanding Medicaid through the so-called private option wouldn't cost more than expanding the traditional Medicaid program, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found.

UA, nonprofit get health grant

posted: 09/09/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

A division of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Jonesboro nonprofit will share in more than $930,000 in federal funding to help people evaluate their options and sign up for coverage during the enrollment period that starts Nov. 15 for plans on Arkansas' insurance exchange, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

Lawmakers balk at $600,000 more for patient-coordinating firm

posted: 09/04/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Wednesday declined to sign off on adding $600,000 to a contract with a company that helps doctors improve how they coordinate patient care.

State keeps eye on 13 students for Ebola

posted: 08/30/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the health of 13 college students who recently arrived in the state after traveling from African countries affected by Ebola, the department's director said Friday.

DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

posted: 08/29/2014 3:28 a.m. Comments 3

Enhanced Medicaid funding made available under the 2010 health care overhaul law would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told lawmakers Thursday.


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