posted: 12/08/2013 2:21 a.m.
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he is investigating whether a Little Rock company’s limited network of hospitals, doctors and other providers for some of the plans it is offering on the state’s health-insurance exchange are allowed under a state law.
posted: 12/06/2013 2:35 a.m.
The state board that will decide whether Arkansas should operate its own health-insurance exchange will start advertising next week for an executive director, board members decided Thursday.
posted: 12/03/2013 5:19 a.m.
HARRISON — A day after federal officials promised that a health-insurance enrollment website would be working smoothly for “the vast majority of users,” the Arkansas Insurance Department on Monday held the first of a series of events it has planned for this month to help people sign up for coverage that will start Jan. 1.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:10 a.m.
Accounts conflict in man’s shooting A man found with gunshot wounds outside a Little Rock gas station Friday morning and the man who admitted firing the shots gave conflicting accounts of what had happened, police said.
posted: 11/27/2013 5:04 a.m.
Enrollment in private, Medicaid-funded plans under the so-called private option grew by 852 people between Nov. 19 and Monday, raising the total number of people signed up for such plans to 58,591, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:53 a.m.
Out of the more than 36,000 blood samples collected from newborn babies in Arkansas during the state’s past fiscal year, only 13 percent made it to the state Department of Health’s laboratory within the department’s target time span of 48 hours, a department spokesman said last week.
posted: 11/21/2013 5:02 a.m.
An additional 7,831 food stamp recipients who applied for coverage under Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program were automatically assigned to private, Medicaid-funded plans last week, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Wednesday.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:38 a.m.
Parents of residents at state human-development centers expressed alarm Monday with a consultant’s recommendation that 10 percent of the centers’ residents be moved into “shared living arrangements” with relatives or other caregivers.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:23 a.m.
Although most Arkansans with private insurance will be able to keep their plans for at least one more year, the same can’t be said for those in government-funded plans scheduled to end Dec. 31 because of the health-care overhaul law.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:56 a.m.
Arkansas plans to stick with its stance on individual health-insurance policies rather than follow President Barack Obama’s proposal to allow plans in effect as of Oct. 1 to renew in October 2014 for an additional year, Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said Thursday.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:34 a.m.
During the first month of enrollment in health-insurance exchanges set up under the federal health-care overhaul law, more than 1.5 million people completed applications for coverage, but only 106,185 selected insurance plans, according to figures released Wednesday.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:56 a.m.
Enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program continues to climb even as a federal website’s flaws present challenges for many who want to enroll in subsidized coverage made available under the same health-care overhaul law.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:49 a.m.
Although it is no longer being paid to update the website it created for the Arkansas Insurance Department, a Little Rock advertising firm has agreed to make changes allowing the department to update information on events promoting the state’s health-insurance exchange and on the contact information of outreach workers who can provide help with enrollment.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:34 a.m.
A state board on Wednesday approved a request for $3.5 million in federal grant money to explore the creation of a health-insurance exchange that would replace the one set up for the state by the federal government.
posted: 11/06/2013 4:45 a.m.
Notices went out Tuesday to more than 40,000 food stamp recipients informing them that they have been automatically assigned to a private health-insurance plan under the state’s expanded Medicaid program, the state Department of Human Services announced.
posted: 11/05/2013 4:43 a.m.
The state Department of Human Services plans to notify tens of thousands of food stamp recipients today that they have been assigned to private insurance plans as the state’s Medicaid program expands to cover more people.
posted: 11/03/2013 4:21 a.m.
For hundreds of thousands of low- and moderate-income Arkansans, the state’s health-insurance exchange offers the opportunity to buy coverage with the help of subsidies provided by the federal government or the state’s Medicaid program.
posted: 10/31/2013 12:57 a.m.
Blaming problems with a federal website, insurance company executives told Arkansas lawmakers that fewer than 200 people have signed up for coverage through the insurance exchange set up for the state under the healthcare overhaul law since enrollment began Oct. 1.
posted: 10/30/2013 12:58 a.m.
The pace of enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program slowed last week, with just 450 applicants completing the process, compared with 3,625 the week before, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.
posted: 10/29/2013 12:57 a.m.
The federal government’s online portal allowing people to sign up for subsidized coverage went back online Monday, a day after enrollment through the portal — as well as through independent state websites — was halted by the failure of a component of the computerized system.
posted: 10/26/2013 4:05 a.m.
The chief executive of Arkansas’ largest community health center was paid more than $500,000 in 2011, more than twice as much as any other community health center director in the state, according to a report submitted to a legislative committee Friday.
posted: 10/25/2013 12:37 a.m.
Traffic to a state website offering information on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange has fallen “dramatically” since enrollment began Oct. 1, the state Insurance Department said in a report to a legislative committee on Thursday.
posted: 10/23/2013 12:12 a.m.
More than 3,600 people enrolled in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program last week, bringing to 14,079 the number of newly eligible adults signed up for coverage that will start Jan. 1, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:57 a.m.
The number of food stamp recipients who enrolled in the state’s expanded Medicaid program since Oct. 1 shows “that there is a need,” a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m.
Inside the Hall of Industry at the Arkansas State Fair, outreach workers from the Central Arkansas Library System and the Women’s Council on African American Affairs answered questions Monday from a steady stream of people about coverage options under the 2010 federal health-care overhaul law.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:46 a.m.
A law placing additional requirements on the sponsors of initiative and referendum petitions violates rights guaranteed by the state constitution, a lawsuit filed Thursday contends.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:54 a.m.
The state board that will decide whether Arkansas should establish its own health insurance exchange on Wednesday approved hiring an Atlanta-based consulting firm to provide support staff for the effort.
posted: 10/04/2013 5:35 a.m.
More than 340 people applied for health insurance through the Arkansas Medicaid program Tuesday and Wednesday, the first two days that applications were accepted under the expanded program, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Thursday.
posted: 10/03/2013 12:08 a.m.
The federal health-insurance Internet portal remained overwhelmed Wednesday, the second day of enrollment for those seeking subsidized coverage under the 2010 healthcare overhaul law.
posted: 10/02/2013 12:07 a.m.
The first day of enrollment on health-insurance exchanges across the country got off to a bumpy start Tuesday as computer glitches prevented many people from accessing an online portal that was supposed to allow individuals to compare plans and sign up for coverage.
posted: 10/01/2013 12:35 a.m.
A $4.5 million advertising campaign aimed at encouraging people to sign up for coverage on Arkansas’ health insurance exchange failed to clear the Legislative Council on Monday, a day before enrollment on the exchange was set to begin.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:59 a.m.
If all goes as planned, Arkansas’ health insurance exchange will open for business Tuesday, allowing thousands of Arkansans to shop for coverage through an online portal set up by the federal government.
posted: 09/26/2013 12:58 a.m.
The premiums for low cost and midprice plans that will be offered on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange are higher than the average of Washington, D.C., and 47 states for which rate information is available, a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found.
posted: 09/24/2013 4:33 a.m.
Sen. Jason Rapert wants state procurement officials to revisit their decision to bar a Maryland company from bidding on an $80 million contract to replace Arkansas’ Medicaid claims and data processing system.
posted: 09/24/2013 12:02 a.m.
The premiums for insurance plans sold on Arkansas’ exchange will be about 25 percent less than what the companies had originally proposed and below what independent forecasters predicted, the Arkansas Insurance Department announced Monday.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:45 a.m.
State lawmakers decided Friday that they will wait to see what premiums will be charged for plans offered on the state’s health-insurance exchange before giving the OK to spend additional money to promote it.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:33 a.m.
A state agency on Friday expanded a contract with a Little Rock actuarial firm to include analyzing proposals to shore up the state’s health-insurance plan for teachers and other public school employees.
posted: 09/20/2013 5:29 a.m.
Premiums and other details of the private plans that will be offered on Arkansas’ health insurance exchange are expected to be announced Monday — more than two weeks later than initially expected, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford told lawmakers Thursday.
posted: 09/14/2013 3:28 a.m.
Citing opposition from anti-abortion lawmakers, Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said Wednesday that he has scrapped his plan to present the Legislature with a contract for Planned Parenthood to provide outreach workers to help people enroll in subsidized health coverage starting Oct. 1.
posted: 09/12/2013 4:36 a.m.
A legislative panel on Wednesday rejected changes to rules governing counselors in mental-health and marriage and family cases, with some lawmakers noting that some counselors oppose the changes.
posted: 09/12/2013 4:32 a.m.
Speaking in Little Rock on Wednesday, the acting U.S. surgeon general called on organizations that help the needy to encourage healthful habits among the people with whom they work.
posted: 09/07/2013 5:01 a.m.
Mental-health-care providers who treat children with behavior problems will get a six-month reprieve from an expansion of the state’s health-care payment overhaul while Medicaid officials address their concerns about the initiative, officials told lawmakers Friday.
posted: 09/05/2013 12:14 a.m.
Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the 2010 federal health-care overhaul law will improve the country’s health-care system but has flaws that should be addressed.
posted: 09/04/2013 4:59 a.m.
During its first meeting Tuesday, the state board that will decide whether Arkansas should establish its own health-insurance exchange elected a temporary chairman and set two more meetings for later this month.
posted: 09/01/2013 4:56 a.m.
Health-insurance companies are offering options to Arkansans that put off for one year the higher premiums that some with individual health plans will face under the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul law.
posted: 08/29/2013 4:46 a.m.
Former President Bill Clinton will speak in Little Rock next week about health policy and the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul law, his foundation said Wednesday.
posted: 08/25/2013 5:14 a.m.
Since last fall, dozens of public and private healthcare clinics around the state have been getting extra payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies to better coordinate patient care.
posted: 08/21/2013 12:53 a.m.
The maximum health insurance premium for teachers and other public school employees will increase about 50 percent starting next year for most plans under rate increases approved by a state board Tuesday.
posted: 08/17/2013 6:22 a.m.
After years of increases, the rates of adult obesity remained level in every state last year — except in Arkansas, according to a report released Friday.
posted: 08/16/2013 5:56 a.m.
A division of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a New Orleans-based nonprofit will get more than $1 million to hire outreach workers who will help Arkansans enroll in health coverage available under the 2010 federal health-care overhaul law, federal officials announced Thursday.