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Andy Davis

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Premium fee OK'd for state exchange

posted: 10/02/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

In a 5-1 vote, a state board on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 3 percent fee on premiums for plans sold on Arkansas' health insurance exchanges starting in 2016.

Health pact's $405,000 OK'd

posted: 10/02/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee on Wednesday signed off on a $405,000 increase to a contract with a company that helps doctors improve how they coordinate patient care.

Pay by drug, device firms put at $10M

posted: 10/01/2014 5:03 a.m. Discuss

Doctors and teaching hospitals in Arkansas received more than $10 million in payments from drug companies and medical device manufacturers during the last five months of 2013, a federal agency reported Tuesday.

Health-exchange committee proposes 3% fee for insurers

posted: 09/30/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Insurance companies selling plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange would pay a fee equal to 3 percent of the plans' monthly premiums under a recommendation by a committee of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board.

Board recommends appraisal

posted: 09/28/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Consumers shopping for coverage on Arkansas’ health insurance exchange next year would have access to customer satisfaction survey results and other measures of health care quality under a proposal by an advisory board Wednesday.

Beebe: Speed up insurance rate release

posted: 09/26/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has directed the state Insurance Department to expedite the release of detailed information on the rates that will be charged for plans on the state's insurance exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, a state official told lawmakers Thursday.

Board recommends health care appraisal

posted: 09/25/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Consumers shopping for coverage on Arkansas' health insurance exchange next year would have access to customer satisfaction survey results and other measures of health care quality under a proposal by an advisory board Wednesday.

Analyst: Schools thriftier as group

posted: 09/24/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Many small school districts would face higher employee health insurance costs if they bought insurance on their own, rather than participate in a statewide program, the director of the state Department of Finance and Administration's Employee Benefits Division told state lawmakers Tuesday.

Grant to deliver medical-billing data to fingertips

posted: 09/20/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department has been awarded $950,000 to give consumers access on their computers and smartphones to information about the cost of health care services, such as medical procedures and office visits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

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.

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