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2 ex-workers at 1 Arkansas Human Development Center face abuse charges

posted: 11/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Two former workers at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center have been arrested on felony abuse charges after authorities said they used excessive force and an unsafe restraint method during a scuffle with a resident more than a year ago.

Arkansas attorney general: 2 ex-state workers arrested on abuse charges

posted: 11/16/2017 5:34 p.m. Comment 1

Two former workers at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren have been arrested on felony abuse charges after a scuffle last year with an intellectually impaired resident, according to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

State Medicaid changes delayed until at least Jan. 1

posted: 11/08/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

With federal approval taking longer than expected, Arkansas officials said Monday, they expect to have to wait until after Jan. 1 to i implement state-sought changes to Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program.

State Medicaid changes delayed

posted: 11/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

With federal approval taking longer than expected, Arkansas officials said Monday, they expect to have to wait until after Jan. 1 to implement state-sought changes to Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program.

Subsidy end to lower some '18 health costs in Arkansas

posted: 11/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

During the open-enrollment period that starts today, thousands of low- to moderate-income Arkansans who buy health insurance through healthcare.gov will have the option to lower what they pay in monthly premiums starting in 2018.

Arkansas Board of Health's rules now say abortion causes 'death'; wording still divides panel

posted: 10/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 35

Despite some members' continuing objections to wording describing an abortion as an unborn child's "death," the state Board of Health on Thursday approved proposed regulations implementing abortion-restricting laws passed by the state Legislature this year and in 2015.

Arkansas hospice's leaders face fraud case

posted: 10/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The former owner and administrator of a Helena-West Helena hospice care provider were arrested Tuesday and accused of billing the state Medicaid program almost $290,000 for services to patients who were not terminally ill.

3 care-guiders OK'd by Arkansas Insurance Department for Medicaid group

posted: 10/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Three companies have been approved by the Arkansas Insurance Department as provider-led managed-care organizations for Medicaid recipients who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Monday.

2 Arkansas congressmen open to reviving insurer subsidies

posted: 10/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said Friday that he would consider supporting legislation that restores funding for the health insurance subsidies President Donald Trump ended last week.

Little Rock doctor arrested in sex case agrees not to practice medicine until case resolved

posted: 10/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Children's Hospital doctor arrested in the sexual assault of a teenage boy has agreed not to practice medicine until his criminal case is resolved, an attorney for the Arkansas State Medical Board said Thursday.

Arkansas governor sees flawed strategy on health repeal; he calls for fixes as subsidy’s end will hit 4,000

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for insurance companies won't increase the cost of the state's expanded Medicaid program, known as Arkansas Works, but will hurt about 4,000 people who are in unsubsidized plans offered through the state's insurance exchange.

Flu-shot discount ruled out by state worker health board

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

State and public school employees won't be required to get a flu shot, or promise to get one, to qualify for a discount on their health insurance premiums in 2019, a state board decided Tuesday.

Little hit on care's cost seen by state; Trump step has Medicaid offset

posted: 10/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The additional premium increases approved last week for plans offered on Arkansas' health insurance exchange will have a "minimal impact" on the cost of the state's expanded Medicaid program, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.

Double-digit increases OK’d for Arkansas’ health plans after subsidy paid to insurers ends

updated: 10/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 35

In response to President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for health insurance companies, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr on Friday approved double-digit rate increases for the plans that will be offered on the state's insurance exchange next year.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's prescription drug plan penalty upheld

posted: 10/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A judge on Thursday declined a request from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield that he lift a federal agency's sanction preventing the company from enrolling new customers in its Medicare prescription drug plans during the annual sign-up period that starts Sunday.

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