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Flu-shot discount ruled out by state worker health board

posted: 10/18/2017 3:31 a.m. Discuss

State and public school employees won't be required to get a flu shot, or promise to get one, to qualify for a discount on their health insurance premiums in 2019, a state board decided Tuesday.

Little hit on care's cost seen by state; Trump step has Medicaid offset

posted: 10/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The additional premium increases approved last week for plans offered on Arkansas' health insurance exchange will have a "minimal impact" on the cost of the state's expanded Medicaid program, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.

Double-digit increases OK’d for Arkansas’ health plans after subsidy paid to insurers ends

updated: 10/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 35

In response to President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for health insurance companies, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr on Friday approved double-digit rate increases for the plans that will be offered on the state's insurance exchange next year.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's prescription drug plan penalty upheld

posted: 10/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A judge on Thursday declined a request from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield that he lift a federal agency's sanction preventing the company from enrolling new customers in its Medicare prescription drug plans during the annual sign-up period that starts Sunday.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield sues over drug plans

posted: 10/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has filed a lawsuit over a decision by federal officials to bar the insurer from enrolling new customers in its Medicare prescription drug plans this year.

Adding kids to coverage advances; state committees vote to include Marshallese children in Medicaid

posted: 10/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Rules extending Medicaid coverage to Marshallese children, as well as certain other children, cleared the state Legislature's public health committees on Tuesday.

School panel retracts its flu-shot incentive in Arkansas

posted: 10/07/2017 3:44 a.m. Comments 5

At the urging of a state official, an advisory panel on Friday recommended that state and public school employees not be required to get a flu shot, or promise to get one, to qualify for a discount on their health insurance premiums in 2019.

Arkansas board reinstates license for doctor who admitted diverting painkillers for own use

posted: 10/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A doctor who admitted diverting painkillers for his own use can return to practicing medicine but will have to follow a treatment and monitoring plan set by the Arkansas Medical Foundation, the Arkansas State Medical Board decided Thursday.

State's spending for Medicaid up

posted: 10/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Driven by enrollment that surged past expectations, spending on Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program grew by almost 24 percent during the fiscal year that ended June 30, surpassing what state officials initially projected by about $200 million.

Arkansas insurance hub's fill-in promoted to director's job

posted: 09/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The interim director of the state agency responsible for Arkansas' health insurance exchange was promoted to the director post Wednesday, but with a pay raise of less than half of the $35,000 that a committee had recommended.

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