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Officer at DHS accepts new job

posted: 01/14/2017 2:40 a.m. Comments 4

The official in charge of publicly funded mental health services in Arkansas has resigned for a job with a private mental health and substance abuse treatment provider.

330,943 in state covered by Medicaid expansion

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

Enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program topped 333,000 in November before dropping to about 331,000 at the end of the year, according to state figures released Thursday.

Eliminated state's Medicaid sign-up backlog, DHS chief reports

updated: 01/12/2017 4:03 a.m. Comment 1

With the help of about 250 temporary caseworkers, the Arkansas Department of Human Services "essentially" met its goal to eliminate a backlog of Medicaid applications and other overdue paperwork by the end of 2016, the department's director said in a letter Wednesday.

Gov. Hutchinson to Trump administration: OK Medicaid cap

posted: 01/05/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has asked members of President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to allow states to set stricter eligibility standards for their expanded Medicaid programs without giving up federal funds provided under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Decrease in adults not going to doctor seen in Arkansas

posted: 12/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

The percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of the cost fell last year for at least the second year in a row, according to a report by a private foundation.

State health plans will pay fees 'under protest'

posted: 12/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

In a special meeting, a state board on Wednesday authorized the health plans covering public-school and state employees to pay $224,000 "under protest" to transfer the employees' health-savings accounts from one company to another.

Mumps hitting Arkansas' Marshallese population hard; doctors looking for a reason

updated: 12/20/2016 2:44 a.m. Comments 4

The breadth of the outbreak of mumps in Northwest Arkansas appears to be linked in part to that area's community of Marshall Islanders, the director of the state Department of Health said Monday.

Arkansas task force OK'd to put brakes on Medicaid

posted: 12/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

During its final meeting Thursday, which lasted just over 20 minutes, a legislative task force unanimously approved a report recommending steps the state should take to slow the growth of spending in the state's Medicaid program.

Opinion sought on payment of fees

posted: 12/16/2016 2:58 a.m. Comment 1

A state board voted Thursday to seek a legal opinion before it decides whether to cover fees being charged to about 14,000 state and public school employees after a state agency canceled its contract with the company that manages their health savings accounts.

Spending cuts for Medicaid recommended

posted: 12/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue moving forward with changes that will slow the growth of spending in the state's Medicaid program by an estimated $963 million over five years, according to a draft report by a legislative task force.

State makes dent in Medicaid backlog

posted: 12/15/2016 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The backlog of Medicaid applications and other paperwork has been reduced by more than two-thirds since late last month, Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie said Wednesday.

Plan to overhaul mental health benefits in Arkansas advances

posted: 12/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

With little discussion, a legislative panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would overhaul the mental health benefits provided by the state's Medicaid program as part of an effort to save $835 million in state and federal funds over five years.

Arkansas panel OKs extending time for immigrants' Medicaid

posted: 12/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Immigrants who apply for Arkansas Medicaid benefits would be given up to 90 days to provide documents on their legal status under a policy change approved Tuesday by a legislative panel.

Lawmaker panel backs telemedicine standards

posted: 12/14/2016 3:42 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee on Tuesday approved rules setting standards for doctors who practice telemedicine after proponents of remote health care dropped their opposition to how the rules define "store and forward technology."

Arkansas prisons proposals endorsed, advanced

posted: 12/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A task force, looking to slow the growth of the state's inmate population, on Monday recommended establishing crisis units for offenders with mental illnesses, providing more training for law enforcement on helping such offenders, and uploading offender assessments into a statewide database.

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