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Business health hub: No file transfers

posted: 05/30/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas businesses using the federal small-business health insurance exchange for their workers will have to sign up again if they want to use an exchange being set up by a state board, according to an email to board members.

Medicaid overtime ban clears state panel

posted: 05/30/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A rule prohibiting home health aides from receiving Medicaid reimbursement for more than 40 hours of work per week cleared a legislative committee Friday despite complaints from lawmakers and advocacy groups that the restriction has placed a hardship on some families.

System's cost up to $200M, legislators told

posted: 05/29/2015 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

The estimated cost of a computerized enrollment and eligibility verification system for Arkansas Medicaid, food stamps and other social services programs has doubled to about $200 million, the director of the state Department of Human Services told legislators on Thursday.

Trauma in childhood costly later, Medicaid panelists told

posted: 05/27/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

To curb Arkansas' health care costs, state leaders need to understand how trauma can have long-lasting effects on children's use of medical services over their lifetimes, a New Jersey doctor told a state advisory panel on Tuesday.

Private option OK for 250,799

posted: 05/24/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program last month reached 250,799, surpassing the number state officials estimated to be eligible, according to figures released Friday.

Private option OK for 250,799

posted: 05/23/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program last month reached 250,799, surpassing the number state officials estimated to be eligible, according to figures released Friday.

Doctors' licenses stopped by board

posted: 05/23/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Friday suspended the licenses of four doctors charged this week in a federal investigation into prescription drug abuse.

Insurance chief signs pact to aid open enrollment

posted: 05/22/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

During the open enrollment period for health coverage for individual consumers that starts Nov. 1, the Arkansas Insurance Department will continue to field questions from consumers, provide training for outreach workers and insurance agents, and report on enrollment totals, according to an agreement signed Thursday by Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr.

Exchange said worth clinging to

posted: 05/21/2015 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' work toward establishing state-based health insurance exchanges will benefit the state no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on a challenge to subsidies provided through federal exchanges, the director of a state board told legislators Wednesday.

In-vitro fertilization exemptions backed for some insurers

posted: 05/20/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Some insurance plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses would continue to be exempt from a requirement to cover in-vitro fertilization under a recommendation made by members of a state committee on Tuesday.

State health-premium raise said less likely

posted: 05/16/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

An updated forecast suggests that a state board will not need to increase insurance premiums for public school and state employees after all, a consultant told a board subcommittee Friday.

Medicaid consultant pact OK'd

posted: 05/16/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council on Friday approved a $1 million contract for a New Hampshire firm to provide consulting services to a state health care task force after the task force chairmen dropped their opposition to the contract.

Firm's pact on private option gets review OK

posted: 05/15/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

A $1 million contract to develop recommendations for replacing Arkansas' private option and revamping the rest of the Medicaid program cleared a legislative panel on Thursday over the opposition of a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying the issue.

Health-hub panel given extra month

posted: 05/14/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas health insurance board has been given an additional month to choose a "benchmark" plan that will be used to set requirements for plans sold to individual consumers and small businesses in the state starting in 2017, the chairman of a board committee said Wednesday.

Firm picked to help with private-option analysis

posted: 05/08/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

A firm founded four years ago by a former Republican nominee for governor of New Hampshire was recommended Thursday for the contract to help a legislative task force develop recommendations for replacing Arkansas' private option and improving the state's Medicaid program.

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