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In January, 7,700 sign up on health hub

posted: 02/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

More than 7,700 Arkansans who did not qualify for Medicaid signed up for coverage through the state's federally run health exchange in January, the last month of open enrollment for this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Health execs to target obesity

posted: 02/05/2016 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Representatives of the state Department of Health and other organizations on Thursday called for volunteers to help implement a 10-year-plan aimed at reducing the state's obesity rate.

In D.C. talks, private-option disputes cited

posted: 02/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has some "differences of opinion" with the U.S. health and human services secretary on potential changes to the state's private option, Arkansas Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang said Tuesday.

Services for 4,000 infants still unpaid

posted: 02/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Doctors and other health care providers are still awaiting payment on services provided to more than 4,000 infants who have gaps in their Medicaid coverage or pending applications because of problems with the state's computerized enrollment system, Department of Human Services officials told legislators Monday.

Panel strikes 'death of unborn child'

posted: 01/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

In a divided vote, the state Board of Health approved removing the phrase "death of the unborn child" from proposed regulations implementing abortion-related laws passed by the Arkansas Legislature last year.

Care plan called fatal to woman

posted: 01/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

An advocacy group on Tuesday blamed the death of a resident at a state center for the developmentally disabled on a treatment program that called for the staff to ignore her seizurelike attacks.

Insurer's data on 950,000 missing

posted: 01/27/2016 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

A St. Louis-based insurer that provides health coverage to more than 38,000 Arkansans, most of them private-option enrollees, announced late Monday that it has lost six hard drives containing health information on about 950,000 customers.

Medicaid suit tossed after application OK'd

posted: 01/26/2016 3:43 a.m. Discuss

A woman who won a federal court order directing the state Department of Human Services to rule on her Medicaid application hasn't decided whether she will appeal the court's rejection of her request for more than $28,000 in attorney fees, the woman's attorney said Monday.

Sign-up deadline for health coverage nears

posted: 01/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Millions of uninsured Americans, including tens of thousands of Arkansans, have a week left to sign up for health coverage or risk facing a penalty when they file their taxes next year.

Medicaid trend called right one

posted: 01/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas could surpass Gov. Asa Hutchinson's goal of achieving $835 million in cost savings in the state's traditional Medicaid program over five years simply by keeping the growth of spending in the program at the same level it has been for the past three years, a consultant told a legislative task force Wednesday.

Failure to reapply jeopardizes ARKids for 103,000

updated: 01/16/2016 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

More than 100,000 children are at risk of losing their ARKids First health coverage because their parents or guardians haven't filled out new applications on their behalf, as the state Department of Human Services has requested, a department spokesman said Friday.

Report prompts 2nd state review of center's use of restraints

posted: 01/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

State officials are once again reviewing the procedures used by staff at a Booneville center for the developmentally disabled after an advocacy group found an excessive use of physical and medical restraints.

Board criticized for word 'fetus' in abortion rules

posted: 01/13/2016 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas State Medical Board will revisit proposed changes to a regulation governing abortion procedures after state legislators complained Tuesday about the board's decision to replace the terms "unborn human individual" and "unborn child" with the word "fetus."

Private-option plans costliest

posted: 01/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Despite restrictions meant to keep down the cost of the private option, the state Medicaid program in most cases is paying for the most expensive “silver,” or midlevel coverage plan, offered by each insurance company, records show.

25 businesses join health hub for small firms

posted: 01/07/2016 3:10 a.m. Discuss

More than two dozen small businesses signed up to cover their employees through an Arkansas-based health insurance exchange during the first month and a half of enrollment, exchange officials said Wednesday.

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