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Andy Davis

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42 physicians in state head Medicare list

posted: 04/13/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 6

Oncologists, rheumatologists and ophthalmologists topped the list of Arkansas physicians who received the highest total Medicare payments in 2012, according to a review of federal data released last week.

Official explains lid on QualChoice cap

posted: 04/10/2014 5:21 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he has been tight-lipped about a Little Rock health-insurance company’s cap on enrollment through the state’s insurance exchange because he feared that the release of information about it could hurt the company competitively.

7,832 more buy policies on hub; total hits 41,402

posted: 04/10/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Enrollment in plans on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange among those who did not qualify for Medicaid rose by about 7,800 people during a two-week span that ended Sunday, according to figures released by the state Insurance Department.

Insurers didn’t expect ‘expecting’

posted: 04/04/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ Medicaid program will reimburse insurance companies for some of the medical costs associated with an unknown number of women who were pregnant when they enrolled in the state’s so-called private option, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.

QualChoice’s private-option cap of 1,280 self-imposed, state says

posted: 04/03/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Human Services stopped allowing people who qualify for the so-called private-option Medicaid program to enroll in plans offered by QualChoice Health Insurance in early November, about a month after enrollment started, a spokesman for the department said.

Many Arkansans reach out for help on final day

posted: 04/01/2014 4:52 a.m. Comments 2

When she went to the First Presbyterian Church in downtown North Little Rock for help signing up for health insurance, Marilyn Miller didn’t realize that Monday was the last day many people could enroll.

Top health-exchange job accepted

posted: 04/01/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

The former director of Utah’s health-insurance exchange accepted an offer Monday to become the first director of the entity that is exploring creating a state-run health insurance exchange in Arkansas.

2014 insurance deadline is nigh

posted: 03/30/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Millions of Americans, including thousands in Arkansas, have until Monday night to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2014.

Axed policies total 2,668 on state rolls

posted: 03/29/2014 3:36 a.m. Comment 1

The 33,500 people who did not qualify for Medicaid and enrolled for coverage through Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange as of Monday include more than 2,600 whose policies were canceled, according to figures released Friday by the Arkansas Insurance Department.

Medicaid costs top projections

posted: 03/28/2014 2:57 a.m. Comments 7

Health-care plans that offer adult vision and dental benefits are one reason costs for Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program have been running above projections, Arkansas’ Medicaid director told lawmakers Thursday.

Insurance firm’s health-network restrictions OK

posted: 03/28/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock company can continue to offer health insurance plans with limited networks of hospitals, doctors and other providers, the Arkansas Insurance Department has determined.

Consultant gets exchange-job offer

posted: 03/27/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

The former director of Utah’s health insurance exchange on Wednesday was offered the job as director of the entity that is exploring creating a state-run health insurance exchange in Arkansas.

Window on enrolling for insurance closing

posted: 03/23/2014 5:40 a.m. Comments 7

Millions of Americans, including thousands of Arkansans, have just more than a week to sign up for health insurance for 2014 or risk paying penalties when they file their income tax returns next year.

Medicaid sign-ups top halfway mark

posted: 03/21/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

The number of Arkansans who had signed up for health insurance under the state’s expanded Medicaid program last week represents more than half the number originally estimated as eligible, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.

Panel to study teachers' Rx costs

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The board that oversees the health-insurance plans for teachers and state employees directed staff members Tuesday to study measures to cut the plans' spending on prescription drugs.

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