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Insurers OK'd to submit multiple rates in Arkansas

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

To hedge against a possible reduction in federal subsidies, the three companies offering plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange will be able to submit multiple sets of rates for 2018 to the Arkansas Insurance Department, the state insurance commissioner said in a bulletin Wednesday.

3-state study sizes up gains via Medicaid; coverage soars in Arkansas, Kentucky, less so in Texas

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Three years after their states expanded Medicaid, low-income people in Arkansas and Kentucky continued to be more likely to have a doctor and less likely to have trouble paying medical bills or to delay seeking care because of the cost, a study has found.

State seeks to log Medicaid users' work

posted: 05/20/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

To implement a proposed work requirement for enrollees in the state's expanded Medicaid program, the Department of Human Services plans to build a website to track compliance, at a cost of $2.5 million to $3 million, a department spokesman said Friday.

Medicaid proposal retains cap on cost

posted: 05/19/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Proposed changes to Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program won't require an adjustment in the cost cap for the program, the state Department of Human Services said in a notice published this week.

Arkansas board suspends surgeon's license after arrest in child sex abuse case

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

An Arkansas board on Wednesday suspended the medical license of a neurosurgeon who was arrested on child sexual abuse charges Sunday.

All 3 insurers on Arkansas health exchange apply to stay

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

All three companies that offer plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange have applied to continue providing coverage in 2018, a spokesman for the Arkansas Insurance Department said Tuesday.

Bills to reduce Medicaid rolls now state law

posted: 05/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

With no public fanfare, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Thursday that endorses his proposal to remove about 60,000 people from the state's Medicaid rolls.

Medicaid cuts sent to governor's desk

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to bills endorsing a plan to remove about 60,000 Arkansans from the state's expanded Medicaid program and impose a work requirement on many of those who remain enrolled.

Arkansas Legislature OKs cut to Medicaid

posted: 05/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

A proposal to move 60,000 people off Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program was approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday despite objections by some lawmakers that it would increase the ranks of the uninsured and by others that it wouldn't cut the program enough.

Arkansas panels favor plan to shrink Medicaid rolls

posted: 05/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislation endorsing a plan to scale back Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program cleared committees of the state House and Senate on Monday during the first day of a special legislative session.

Insurance initiative aids only one small business

updated: 04/30/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

A program meant to help small businesses provide subsidized health insurance coverage to low-income employees has cost more than $1 million so far and helped just one business.

Arkansas Health Board OKs marijuana-user sign-up rules

posted: 04/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Rules governing how Arkansans can register to use medical marijuana cleared another hurdle Thursday when they gained final approval from the state Board of Health.

4-year savings put at $66M if state cuts Medicaid rolls

posted: 04/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A plan to move about 60,000 Arkansans off the state's expanded Medicaid program will save the state at least $66 million over the next four years while increasing premiums in the state's market for individual insurance plans by as much as 1.7 percent, state Department of Human Services officials said Wednesday.

Eligibility cuts will help fees, exchange says

posted: 04/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to move about 60,000 Arkansans off Medicaid will create an influx of enrollees in non-Medicaid plans on the state's health insurance exchange, potentially allowing the exchange to avoid raising the fee it collects from insurance companies, exchange officials said Tuesday.

Cancer studies to continue, ex-'moonshot' leader says in Little Rock speech

posted: 04/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The former leader of the federal cancer "moonshot" initiative said Monday that the effort accelerated progress on research that will continue under the administration of President Donald Trump.

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