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Healthcare.gov to be down Sundays during insurance sign-up period

updated: 09/23/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The federal website used by consumers in Arkansas and 38 other states to enroll in health insurance will be taken down for maintenance for up to 12 hours on most Sundays during the annual sign-up period that begins Nov. 1, federal officials announced Friday.

Arkansas would lose $6B under proposed health bill, firm says

posted: 09/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 58

Arkansas would lose $6 billion in federal health care funding over seven years under legislation aimed at undoing much of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to estimates by a health care consulting firm.

Medicaid data breach hits Arkansas; email puts medical privacy of 26,000 patients in jeopardy

posted: 09/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The confidentiality of more than 26,000 Medicaid recipients' medical information was broken earlier this year, state officials said Friday as they prepared to notify those individuals about the breach.

Medicaid expansion rolls rise in August

posted: 09/16/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

More than 1,600 Arkansans enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program in August, raising the total number covered to almost 309,000, the Arkansas Department of Human Services reported Friday.

Arkansas' uninsured fall below U.S. rate

posted: 09/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The percentage of Arkansans who lack health insurance continued to drop last year, falling below the national rate for the first time since at least 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Raise urged for chief of Arkansas health hub

posted: 09/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The interim director of the state agency responsible for Arkansas' health insurance exchanges would keep her temporary title but get a $35,000 pay raise, bringing her salary to $165,000, under a recommendation by a committee on Wednesday.

Medicaid pay to manage care of disabled gets OK

posted: 09/06/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Rules governing payments to companies that will coordinate care for about 30,000 mentally ill or developmentally disabled Medicaid recipients cleared the Legislature's public health committees on Tuesday.

Backlog of Arkansas record requests expected to clear in 2 weeks, state says

posted: 09/03/2017 4:29 a.m. Discuss

A backlog of requests that caused some Arkansans to wait more than three months for birth or death certificates or other vital records should be cleared out within about two weeks, a spokesman for the state Department of Health said last week.

Arkansas OKs increases for health plan rates

posted: 09/02/2017 4:29 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Insurance Department has approved rate increases ranging from 7.8 percent to 9.9 percent for the plans that will be offered on the state's health insurance exchange next year, a department spokesman said Friday.

Arkansas in tie for third in U.S. obese report

posted: 09/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Despite a statewide campaign aimed at slimming waistlines, Arkansas climbed three spots to tie for third in the latest ranking of states with the highest obesity rates, according to a report released Thursday.

Football will take Arkansas Department of Health's parking; visitor spaces go to athletic donors

posted: 08/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

The Department of Health's Markham Street headquarters in Little Rock will be open for business on Thursday afternoon, but Arkansans seeking birth certificates or other vital records won't be able to park there.

Arkansas will market health exchange on smaller budget

posted: 08/26/2017 4:29 a.m. Comments 2

Although they're working with a smaller budget compared with last year, members of a state panel said Friday they hope to encourage more Arkansans to sign up for coverage offered on the state's health insurance exchange during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 1.

DHS unit to oversee Medicaid providers

posted: 08/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

More than 170 employees responsible for inspecting, certifying or licensing facilities that provide services to Medicaid recipients will be transferred to a new division within the Department of Human Services on Oct. 1 as part of a reorganization authorized by the Legislature earlier this year, department officials said Thursday.

Medicaid expansion's rolls shrink again in Arkansas

posted: 08/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Enrollment in the expanded part of Arkansas' Medicaid program fell slightly in July, the sixth-straight month that the number has dropped, the state Department of Human Services reported Wednesday.

Board OK's 11 aides for coverage

posted: 08/24/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

A state board on Wednesday approved a contract that will provide 11 outreach workers, known as navigators, to help people sign up for health insurance starting Oct. 1.

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