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Andy Davis

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State, school plans expect to cut 2,300 in '15

posted: 12/17/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

About 1,700 spouses of state and public-school employees are expected to be dropped from health insurance plans covering those workers starting next year because they qualify for coverage from their own employers or did not respond to inquiries from the health plans' administrators, a state official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Draft revisions to piercing, tattoo rules aired at hearing

posted: 12/16/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A draft update to the state's regulations on tattooing and body piercing has drawn objections from some practitioners who say the requirements are too burdensome, while others complain that the rules leave too many gaps.

Disability group faces funds loss

updated: 12/11/2014 10:21 p.m. Discuss

A state board should return to the federal government more than $280,000 in funding for services for Arkansans with developmental disabilities because the money was not spent within required time frames, state auditors said.

Board rejects UAMS clinic deal

posted: 12/06/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Citing concerns about the cost, a state board Friday rejected -- for the time being -- a proposal to help fund a clinic that would be operated by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for state employees near the Capitol.

Medicaid expansion accepts 4,600 more

posted: 12/06/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

More than 4,600 Arkansans were approved for coverage in the state's expanded Medicaid program in November, bringing the total number covered to 223,456, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Friday.

State board OKs heartbeat rule

posted: 12/05/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A divided Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday approved the implementation of a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to first conduct an abdominal ultrasound test and to inform the patient of the probability of the fetus' survival if carried to term.

Panel rejects patient-care rule

posted: 12/05/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

A rule that would expand a program for patient care coordination failed to clear a legislative subcommittee Wednesday after some legislators complained that the program wouldn't allow advanced-practice nurses to participate on the same footing as doctors.

Faster lab trip for baby blood gets panel OK

posted: 11/26/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Regulations requiring hospitals to more quickly send newborns' blood samples to a state laboratory for testing cleared a legislative panel Tuesday.

ARKids shift bid upsets legislators

posted: 11/26/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

A proposal to offer additional benefits to children covered under the ARKids First B health insurance program and add it to the state's Children's Health Insurance Program plan stalled Tuesday after members of the Legislature's public health committees complained that they weren't told about the proposal earlier.

Medicaid expansion tally rises to 218,844

updated: 11/24/2014 11:20 p.m. Discuss

More than 7,200 Arkansans were approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program last month, bringing the total number covered to 218,844, according to information released Monday by the state Department of Human Services.

Private option per-head costs fall 7th month

posted: 11/21/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The average per-person payments to insurance companies under Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program fell this month for the seventh consecutive month, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Human Services.

New health exchange gets interest

posted: 11/21/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Six companies have formally notified a state-created nonprofit agency that they plan to compete for the contract to establish an Arkansas-based health insurance exchange for small businesses, officials with the nonprofit said Thursday.

Insurance board's worries snag plan for LR state employees clinic

posted: 11/19/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

A proposal to use money from state employees' health plans to help establish a clinic for state employees near the Capitol stalled Tuesday after members of a state insurance board complained that they hadn't been fully briefed on the idea.

Panel OKs rework of Medicaid system

posted: 11/18/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A contract to build and operate a new claims processing system for the state Medicaid program, at a cost of $203 million over seven years, cleared a legislative panel Monday.

Division unveils coverage portal

posted: 11/15/2014 4:27 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department on Friday unveiled an online tool that allows consumers to compare the deductibles, required copayments and other details of the plans that will be available starting today on the state's federally run health insurance exchange for coverage that will take effect Jan. 1.


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