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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.

Name for insurance networks pitched

posted: 06/25/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' health insurance exchanges would be known as My Arkansas Insurance under a recommendation made Wednesday by a state board's committee.

Board delays seeking bids for health-hub technology

posted: 06/16/2015 4:32 a.m. Discuss

A state board has delayed soliciting bids from companies to provide the technology for a health insurance exchange for individual consumers, in part because of questions about the computerized system the state uses to determine eligibility for Medicaid.

DHS set to check Medicaid eligibility

updated: 06/13/2015 4:06 a.m. Comment 1

After an eight-month delay, the Arkansas Department of Human Services plans to start Monday rechecking the eligibility of tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients, including those enrolled in the private option.

Panel: Keep health-pay adviser

posted: 06/12/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue paying a Washington consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul, but should also try to add more detail to its contract with the firm, a legislative task force recommended Thursday.

State Medicaid sleuth resigns

posted: 06/11/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

The first inspector general for Arkansas' Medicaid program said he has resigned after serving in the job for almost two years.

Panel set to review contract

posted: 06/10/2015 3:26 a.m. Comment 1

The legislative task force studying Arkansas’ Medicaid program should include a proposed $15 million contract between the state Department of Human Services and a Washington consulting firm in its inquiry, a legislative subcommittee decided Tuesday.

State hazy on $43.9M of Medicaid

posted: 06/06/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services improperly accounted for about $43.9 million in Medicaid funds last year, Legislative Audit staff members said Friday at a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.

License yanked over prescription

posted: 06/06/2015 3:16 a.m. Comment 1

A state board Thursday suspended the medical license of a doctor who admitted that he prescribed Valium and pain medication to his former girlfriend, whom he identified as a Nevada prostitute featured on an HBO television show.

Board: Won't fight abortion-ban ruling

posted: 06/05/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A state board on Thursday voted unanimously to oppose further appeals of a court ruling striking down a state law banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Business health hub: No file transfers

posted: 05/30/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas businesses using the federal small-business health insurance exchange for their workers will have to sign up again if they want to use an exchange being set up by a state board, according to an email to board members.

Medicaid overtime ban clears state panel

posted: 05/30/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A rule prohibiting home health aides from receiving Medicaid reimbursement for more than 40 hours of work per week cleared a legislative committee Friday despite complaints from lawmakers and advocacy groups that the restriction has placed a hardship on some families.

System's cost up to $200M, legislators told

posted: 05/29/2015 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

The estimated cost of a computerized enrollment and eligibility verification system for Arkansas Medicaid, food stamps and other social services programs has doubled to about $200 million, the director of the state Department of Human Services told legislators on Thursday.

Trauma in childhood costly later, Medicaid panelists told

posted: 05/27/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

To curb Arkansas' health care costs, state leaders need to understand how trauma can have long-lasting effects on children's use of medical services over their lifetimes, a New Jersey doctor told a state advisory panel on Tuesday.

Private option OK for 250,799

posted: 05/24/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program last month reached 250,799, surpassing the number state officials estimated to be eligible, according to figures released Friday.

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