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Andy Davis

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Spending proposal for health agency clears state panel

posted: 01/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday approved a spending plan for the state Department of Health after attempts by House members to trim appropriations for tobacco-cessation programs, operating expenses and the state trauma system.

Flu-related deaths in Arkansas rise mostly for ages 65, up

posted: 01/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Eight more flu-related deaths were reported to the state last week, raising the state's toll from the current flu season to 36, the Arkansas Department of Health reported.

Insurer participating in Arkansas Medicaid program ordered to refund $3.3M; premiums said to be excessive

posted: 01/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

An insurer participating in Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program has been directed to pay almost $3.3 million in rebates because the amount in premiums it collected in 2016 was considered excessive in comparison with what it spent on medical care, according to a federal report.

Budget request falls $478M for Medicaid

updated: 01/05/2018 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Thanks to efforts to reduce Arkansas' Medicaid spending and enrollment, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, his request for federal and state funding for the program during the fiscal year that starts July 1 will be about $478 million lower than what he had first planned.

Arkansas' flu deaths climb to 28

posted: 01/04/2018 3:18 a.m. Discuss

An additional 16 flu-related deaths were reported to the state last week, raising the total death toll from the current flu season to 28, the Arkansas Department of Health reported.

State 36th in access to health care

posted: 01/01/2018 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Two years after Arkansas expanded its Medicaid program, the state's residents were less likely to spend large amounts of their income on medical bills or go without care because of the cost, a report found.

State ranks 36th in access to health care; separate report lists it 48th in residents’ overall health

updated: 01/01/2018 4 a.m. Comment 1

Two years after Arkansas expanded its Medicaid program, the state's residents were less likely to spend large amounts of their income on medical bills or go without care because of the cost, a report found.

Program cited for reduction in costs associated with delivering babies in Arkansas

posted: 12/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A Medicaid-led initiative appeared to reduce the health care costs associated with delivering babies in Arkansas in 2014, the second year the program began targeting those costs, a study found.

8 deaths in state linked to flu season

posted: 12/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Two more flu-related deaths were reported last week to the Arkansas Department of Health, bringing the total deaths from this year's flu season to eight.

State Medicaid rolls cut by 2,900

posted: 12/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Enrollment in Arkansas' Medicaid expansion program, known as Arkansas Works, fell by about 2,900 people in November to just under 307,000, the state Department of Human Services reported Tuesday.

Enrollment in state's expanded Medicaid program falls by about 3,000 people in 1 month

posted: 12/19/2017 11:56 a.m. Discuss

Enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program, known as Arkansas Works, fell by about 3,000 people in November to just under 307,000, the state Department of Human Services reported Tuesday.

Insured face tax taps over amounts due; Arkansas Works enrollees behind in paying premiums

posted: 12/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Works enrollees who don't catch up on their unpaid health insurance premiums will have the money taken out of any state income tax refunds they might otherwise be owed when they file their tax returns in 2019, state officials said Monday.

Fifth company OK'd to join Medicaid initiative

posted: 12/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The last of five companies that applied to provide health benefits for Medicaid recipients who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill has been approved to participate, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr announced Monday.

Arkansas Works enrollees with unpaid premiums will have tax refund garnished

posted: 12/18/2017 7:01 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas Works enrollees who don’t catch up on their unpaid health insurance premiums this year will have the money taken out of their state income tax refund, if they are owed one, in 2019, state officials said Monday.

5th company approved for Medicaid initiative

posted: 12/18/2017 3:54 p.m. Discuss

The last of five companies that applied to provide health benefits for Medicaid recipients who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill has been approved to participate, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Monday.

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