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Private-option tab at $496 per client

posted: 04/18/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The cost of providing coverage to Medicaid recipients under Arkansas’ so-called private option has continued to rise, with the state paying insurance companies just over $490 per client in premiums and cost-sharing subsidies this month.

Expert: Insurance tweaks save

posted: 04/17/2014 5:21 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas could save about $88 million in state tax dollars next year by adopting insurance-plan options that would encourage more low wage public school employees to enroll in the state’s expanded Medicaid program, a consultant told state lawmakers on Wednesday.

42 physicians in state head Medicare list

posted: 04/13/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 6

Oncologists, rheumatologists and ophthalmologists topped the list of Arkansas physicians who received the highest total Medicare payments in 2012, according to a review of federal data released last week.

Official explains lid on QualChoice cap

posted: 04/10/2014 5:21 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he has been tight-lipped about a Little Rock health-insurance company’s cap on enrollment through the state’s insurance exchange because he feared that the release of information about it could hurt the company competitively.

7,832 more buy policies on hub; total hits 41,402

posted: 04/10/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Enrollment in plans on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange among those who did not qualify for Medicaid rose by about 7,800 people during a two-week span that ended Sunday, according to figures released by the state Insurance Department.

Insurers didn’t expect ‘expecting’

posted: 04/04/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ Medicaid program will reimburse insurance companies for some of the medical costs associated with an unknown number of women who were pregnant when they enrolled in the state’s so-called private option, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.

QualChoice’s private-option cap of 1,280 self-imposed, state says

posted: 04/03/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Human Services stopped allowing people who qualify for the so-called private-option Medicaid program to enroll in plans offered by QualChoice Health Insurance in early November, about a month after enrollment started, a spokesman for the department said.

Many Arkansans reach out for help on final day

posted: 04/01/2014 4:52 a.m. Comments 2

When she went to the First Presbyterian Church in downtown North Little Rock for help signing up for health insurance, Marilyn Miller didn’t realize that Monday was the last day many people could enroll.

Top health-exchange job accepted

posted: 04/01/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

The former director of Utah’s health-insurance exchange accepted an offer Monday to become the first director of the entity that is exploring creating a state-run health insurance exchange in Arkansas.

2014 insurance deadline is nigh

posted: 03/30/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Millions of Americans, including thousands in Arkansas, have until Monday night to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2014.


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