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Andy Davis

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Eligibility cuts will help fees, exchange says

posted: 04/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to move about 60,000 Arkansans off Medicaid will create an influx of enrollees in non-Medicaid plans on the state's health insurance exchange, potentially allowing the exchange to avoid raising the fee it collects from insurance companies, exchange officials said Tuesday.

Cancer studies to continue, ex-'moonshot' leader says in Little Rock speech

posted: 04/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The former leader of the federal cancer "moonshot" initiative said Monday that the effort accelerated progress on research that will continue under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Health panel OKs opioid curb

posted: 04/19/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

A state board on Tuesday approved limits on coverage for opioids for public school and state employees but delayed the effective date for the restrictions until Sept. 1.

Sole insurer on small-business exchange will leave

posted: 04/19/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has notified state officials that it will not offer plans next year on Arkansas' health insurance exchange for small businesses, state Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Tuesday.

Medicaid's enrollment rebounds after 21,280 Arkansans dropped

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

After falling by more than 21,000 at the beginning of March, enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program a month later had climbed back more than halfway to where it had been before the drop, according to information released Wednesday.

Dental firm sues to toss Medicaid pick

posted: 04/13/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A Boston company has asked a judge to overturn an Arkansas official's decision that resulted in the firm losing a bid for a multimillion-dollar contract to manage dental benefits for Medicaid recipients.

State health plans' spending less than projected last year

posted: 04/08/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

The health plans for public school and state employees spent less than expected last year on medical care and drugs, building reserves that can be used to offset the need for rate increases in future years, an actuary said Friday.

Arkansas health panel OKs limits for opioids

posted: 04/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Coverage of opioid prescriptions for teachers and state employees would be limited under recommendations approved by an advisory panel Monday and aimed at curbing drug dependence and abuse.

Arkansas medical-marijuana business rules raise concerns

updated: 04/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The proposed process for awarding licenses to medical-marijuana businesses, restrictions on where such businesses can be located and rules for how they can operate drew criticism at a public hearing Friday.

License suspended by medical board

posted: 04/01/2017 2:17 a.m. Discuss

A state board has suspended a Fayetteville doctor's medical license after a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigation found that he diverted prescription pain medication for his own use.






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