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Andy Davis

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Policies ending, 47,000 are told

posted: 07/28/2015 5:19 a.m. Comments 3

More than 47,000 private-option enrollees and other Medicaid recipients are set to lose their coverage as a result of the check of recipients' incomes that began last month, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday.

Institute to endow 1st chair

posted: 07/28/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute will use $3 million in private donations to establish the institute's first endowed chair, a spokesman for the hospital's foundation said Monday.

Audit raps state DHS for no-bid tech projects

posted: 07/22/2015 4:11 a.m. Comments 5

The state Department of Human Services failed to consistently follow state purchasing laws and rules when hiring companies for two information technology projects and for help with the state's health care payment overhaul, state auditors say.

State: 500 workers forgo 'free money'

posted: 07/18/2015 5:02 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson should ensure that insurance agents working for the state are allowed to meet with state employees to discuss health savings accounts and other benefits, a legislative task force recommended on Friday.

Governor retains Medicaid adviser

posted: 07/18/2015 4:52 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has agreed to pay a Hoover Institution fellow $100,000 under a one-year contract for advice on making changes to the state's Medicaid program, a spokesman for the governor said Friday.

Now 25,000 under threat of Medicaid cutoff

posted: 07/17/2015 4:01 a.m. Comments 4

About 10,000 more private-option enrollees and other Arkansas Medicaid recipients have been notified this week that their coverage will end on July 31, raising to 25,000 the number whose coverage is set to end, the director of the state Department of Human Services said Thursday.

Task force studies ways to trim Medicaid costs

posted: 07/16/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Striking more deals with drug companies, joining forces with the health plan for teachers and state employees, and hiring a managed care company to handle prescription drug benefits were among the options for reducing the state Medicaid program's drug costs that a legislative task force explored Wednesday.

Governor: More help allowed for Medicaid check

posted: 07/14/2015 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Concerned about disruptions in health coverage for private-option enrollees and children from low-income families, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a letter to state lawmakers Monday that he has instructed the state Department of Human Services to "bring in additional resources as necessary" to help with the annual check of eligibility for Medicaid benefits.

Insurers in state lay claim to $78M

posted: 07/12/2015 5:21 a.m. Comments 6

Arkansas insurance companies will receive more than $78 million to offset the cost of insuring patients whose covered medical expenses last year totaled more than $45,000 each, according to a federal report.

Treating more, say hospitals

updated: 07/10/2015 3:34 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas hospitals reported treating more patients last year than the year before at a time when the number of patients who lacked insurance fell significantly, according to a summary of an industry survey released Thursday by the Arkansas Hospital Association.

For health exchange, tech code to be copy

posted: 07/09/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

In establishing its health insurance exchange for individual consumers, an Arkansas board will seek to copy computer code from another state's enrollment system rather than building its own code from scratch, the board decided Wednesday.

Medicaid check: 48% still eligible

posted: 07/07/2015 5:36 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Human Services has used its partially completed electronic enrollment and eligibility verification system to check the incomes of about 100,000 private-option enrollees and other Medicaid recipients over the past three weeks, department officials told legislators Monday.

Reliance on care homes is noted

updated: 07/03/2015 4:13 a.m. Comment 1

As lawmakers explore possible changes to Arkansas' Medicaid program, one focus should be the care provided to the elderly, the disabled and people with mental illness, consultants told an advisory panel Thursday.

Health exchange shift leads to insurance agency shuffle

posted: 07/02/2015 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Insurance Department dissolved one division and created another one Wednesday as responsibility for helping govern Arkansas' federally run health insurance exchanges shifted this week to a nonprofit organization created by the state Legislature.

State freer to launch exchanges

updated: 06/26/2015 5 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday in a case involving the federal health care overhaul law allowed more than 48,000 Arkansans to continue receiving help with their health insurance premiums and removed a barrier to the establishment of Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges.

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