posted: 01/24/2015 3:36 a.m.
The bill that would create a task force to study a replacement program for Arkansas' private option would also suspend the implementation of "independence accounts" for enrollees with incomes below the poverty level.
updated: 01/23/2015 10:04 p.m.
The company that supplied the technology for the federally operated small-business health insurance exchanges and a firm that built parts of California's exchange were publicly revealed Friday as the two finalists in the competition for a contract to build a small-business exchange for Arkansas.
posted: 01/23/2015 4:02 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state’s expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an “alternative health coverage model” for “vulnerable populations” now covered under the program.
posted: 01/23/2015 1 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state's expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an "alternative health coverage model" for "vulnerable populations" now covered under the program.
posted: 01/21/2015 3:33 a.m.
In a divided vote Tuesday, a state board decided for a second time to seek bids from health care organizations to set up a clinic for state employees near the state Capitol.
updated: 01/15/2015 3:32 a.m.
Four members of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace board said Wednesday that they favor holding the board's committee meetings in a larger room to provide better access to members of the public who want to attend.
updated: 01/14/2015 4:02 a.m.
A committee on Tuesday narrowed the list of companies competing for the contract to supply the technology for an Arkansas-based health-insurance exchange for small businesses from six to two.
updated: 01/12/2015 8:37 p.m.
A state board on Friday plans to begin the search for a company that will market the health insurance exchanges that the board plans to establish for small businesses and individual consumers.
posted: 01/10/2015 2:22 a.m.
An advisory panel Friday recommended that the state explore offering Medicare managed care plans to retired state and public school employees covered by the federal program for the elderly and disabled.
posted: 01/10/2015 2:21 a.m.
Arkansas should stick for another year with the criteria it set last year for plans on the state's insurance exchange, an advisory panel recommended Friday.
updated: 01/01/2015 3:34 a.m.
A federal agency Wednesday approved Arkansas' plan to establish "independence accounts" for enrollees in Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program and to limit the program's coverage of nonemergency medical transportation.
posted: 12/24/2014 3:19 a.m.
Three Arkansas-based health care provider groups and a coalition of clinics in Arkansas, Maryland and New York are among the organizations that have been approved to join a program that allows them to earn rewards for lowering health care costs, a federal agency announced.
posted: 12/23/2014 3:38 a.m.
A requirement for insurance companies to make upfront payments to doctors enrolled in a state program cleared a legislative panel on Monday despite complaints from some critics that advanced-practice nurses aren't allowed to participate on the same footing as physicians.
updated: 12/20/2014 4:12 a.m.
Eight Arkansas hospitals, including UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, will face reduced Medicare reimbursement rates after a federal agency determined they had higher rates of patient infections and other complications compared with other hospitals, records released this week show.
posted: 12/19/2014 2:40 a.m.
Arkansas has been awarded $99.9 million in federal funding to establish state-run health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individual consumers, officials said Thursday.