posted: 01/14/2017 2:40 a.m.
The official in charge of publicly funded mental health services in Arkansas has resigned for a job with a private mental health and substance abuse treatment provider.
posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m.
Enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program topped 333,000 in November before dropping to about 331,000 at the end of the year, according to state figures released Thursday.
updated: 01/12/2017 4:03 a.m.
With the help of about 250 temporary caseworkers, the Arkansas Department of Human Services "essentially" met its goal to eliminate a backlog of Medicaid applications and other overdue paperwork by the end of 2016, the department's director said in a letter Wednesday.
posted: 01/05/2017 5:45 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has asked members of President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to allow states to set stricter eligibility standards for their expanded Medicaid programs without giving up federal funds provided under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
posted: 12/29/2016 5:45 a.m.
The percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of the cost fell last year for at least the second year in a row, according to a report by a private foundation.
posted: 12/22/2016 5:45 a.m.
In a special meeting, a state board on Wednesday authorized the health plans covering public-school and state employees to pay $224,000 "under protest" to transfer the employees' health-savings accounts from one company to another.
updated: 12/20/2016 2:44 a.m.
The breadth of the outbreak of mumps in Northwest Arkansas appears to be linked in part to that area's community of Marshall Islanders, the director of the state Department of Health said Monday.
posted: 12/16/2016 5:45 a.m.
During its final meeting Thursday, which lasted just over 20 minutes, a legislative task force unanimously approved a report recommending steps the state should take to slow the growth of spending in the state's Medicaid program.
posted: 12/16/2016 2:58 a.m.
A state board voted Thursday to seek a legal opinion before it decides whether to cover fees being charged to about 14,000 state and public school employees after a state agency canceled its contract with the company that manages their health savings accounts.
posted: 12/15/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue moving forward with changes that will slow the growth of spending in the state's Medicaid program by an estimated $963 million over five years, according to a draft report by a legislative task force.
posted: 12/15/2016 3:21 a.m.
The backlog of Medicaid applications and other paperwork has been reduced by more than two-thirds since late last month, Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie said Wednesday.
posted: 12/14/2016 5:45 a.m.
With little discussion, a legislative panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would overhaul the mental health benefits provided by the state's Medicaid program as part of an effort to save $835 million in state and federal funds over five years.
posted: 12/14/2016 5:45 a.m.
Immigrants who apply for Arkansas Medicaid benefits would be given up to 90 days to provide documents on their legal status under a policy change approved Tuesday by a legislative panel.
posted: 12/14/2016 3:42 a.m.
A legislative committee on Tuesday approved rules setting standards for doctors who practice telemedicine after proponents of remote health care dropped their opposition to how the rules define "store and forward technology."
posted: 12/13/2016 5:45 a.m.
A task force, looking to slow the growth of the state's inmate population, on Monday recommended establishing crisis units for offenders with mental illnesses, providing more training for law enforcement on helping such offenders, and uploading offender assessments into a statewide database.