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State keeps eye on 13 students for Ebola

posted: 08/30/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the health of 13 college students who recently arrived in the state after traveling from African countries affected by Ebola, the department's director said Friday.

DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

posted: 08/29/2014 3:28 a.m. Comments 3

Enhanced Medicaid funding made available under the 2010 health care overhaul law would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told lawmakers Thursday.

Health-premium dip set

posted: 08/27/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 8

Premiums for plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange would drop an average of more than 2 percent next year under preliminary rates approved by the state Insurance Department, state officials announced Tuesday.

Merging state health plans put on table

posted: 08/27/2014 2:33 a.m. Comments 2

The state would have to come up with $59.4 million a year to raise funding for public school employee health insurance to the same level provided for state employees' health plans, the director of the Department of Finance and Administration's Employee Benefits Division told lawmakers Tuesday.

Interim Medicaid director gets job

posted: 08/26/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

A former leader of Arkansas' effort to overhaul its health care payment system has been named director of the state Medicaid program, the state Department of Human Services announced Monday.

Insurers' '15 rates go online in slip-up

posted: 08/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Comments 3

Information inadvertently posted on the Arkansas Insurance Department's website showed that Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the company's national affiliate did not request rate increases for next year for plans the companies are offering on the state's health insurance exchange.

Insurance tab high for state employees

posted: 08/18/2014 4:05 a.m. Comments 8

Arkansas' state employees paid more, on average, for health coverage than their counterparts in other states last year, even though the state's average-plan benefits were slightly less generous, according to a report released last week.

Private option's premiums drop, still above target

posted: 08/15/2014 2:23 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Medicaid program's average per-enrollee payments to insurance companies continued to fall this month but remained above a target set in a federal waiver authorizing the program, according to figures released by the state Department of Human Services.

Health board delays grant request

posted: 08/12/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Officials with a state-created nonprofit have decided to wait until October to request more than $100 million to establish a state-run health insurance exchange that would replace the one set up for the state by the federal government.

Medicaid sign-ups now total 192,210

posted: 08/09/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Almost 8,000 more Arkansans were approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program last month, bringing the total to 192,210, the state Department of Human Services reported Friday.

In poll, state's uninsured cut nearly in half

posted: 08/06/2014 5:41 a.m. Comments 131

Arkansas had a bigger drop this year in the percentage of its adult residents who lack insurance than any other state, a survey released Tuesday found.

Free rides to doctor limited in state's private-option proposal

posted: 08/02/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Enrollees in Arkansas' private-option health insurance program would be limited to eight Medicaid-funded rides to or from medical appointments per year under a proposal unveiled by state officials Friday.

3 state health centers get grants

posted: 08/01/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Three Arkansas community health centers have been awarded $250,000 each to provide behavioral health services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

Board OKs changes in rates for school-worker health coverage

posted: 07/30/2014 5:44 a.m. Discuss

In a 7-1 vote, a state board on Tuesday approved increases in the health insurance rates for some public school employees and reduced rates and benefits for others.

Panel advances health-plan trio

posted: 07/29/2014 3:45 a.m. Comment 1

Health insurance premiums would increase for some public school employees and fall for others under rates recommended by an advisory panel on Monday.

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