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State plans' study finds higher cost for obesity

posted: 02/20/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

The health plans covering public school and state employees in 2015 spent an average of about 31 percent more on obese employees or their obese spouses than they did on others, a report found.

State plans' study finds higher cost for obesity

posted: 02/19/2017 3:45 a.m. Comment 1

The health plans covering public school and state employees in 2015 spent an average of about 31 percent more on obese employees or their obese spouses than they did on others, a report found.

Nursing, anesthesia measures fail to clear House committee

posted: 02/17/2017 2:26 a.m. Comment 1

Attempts to expand Arkansas nurse practitioners' authority to prescribe drugs and ability to receive Medicaid reimbursement failed to clear a House committee on Thursday.

Agency plans review of medical-pot rules

posted: 02/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took a look at drafted medical-marijuana regulations on Wednesday and decided to meet later this month to further review them.

New steps on dispensing of drugs clear committee

posted: 02/16/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Doctors would be able to dispense prescription contraceptives and a drug used to prevent opioid overdose without obtaining a permit from the Arkansas State Medical Board, under a bill that cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Panel OKs benefits cut for jobless

posted: 02/15/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Out-of-work Arkansans would receive less money in unemployment benefits and would be eligible for fewer weeks of the payments under a bill that cleared a House committee Tuesday.

Plan offers Arkansas home-care wait relief

posted: 02/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services offered a plan Thursday that would help shrink a list of 3,000 developmentally disabled people who are waiting for home-based services.

Telemedicine legislation clears Arkansas House committee

posted: 02/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Legislation that would allow phone-based health care services in Arkansas, while restricting telemedicine in schools, cleared another hurdle Thursday when it won a favorable recommendation from a House committee.

U.S. offer to state's health hub is rejected

posted: 02/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Consumers in some states who shop for health insurance on healthcare.gov this fall will be able to choose from "standardized" options, but not Arkansans, a state board decided Wednesday.

Arkansas panel rejects bill to end disability-care wait list

posted: 02/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A bill that would require the state to eliminate the list of people waiting for in-home services for the developmentally disabled failed to clear a House committee Tuesday.

Dental benefits manager selected for Arkansas Medicaid contract

posted: 02/04/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

After initially scoring last among four bidders, a Florida company won a contract to manage dental benefits provided to Arkansas Medicaid recipients after the state's procurement director on Friday disqualified two of the other bidders.

Legislation clearing way for phone-based health care services in Arkansas advances

posted: 02/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Legislation that would clear the way for phone-based health care services in Arkansas -- but restrict telemedicine in schools -- won a favorable recommendation from a legislative panel in a divided vote Wednesday.

Insurers see inquiries increase; uncertainty over law’s repeal spurs late rush for coverage

posted: 01/31/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Millions of uninsured Americans, including tens of thousands of Arkansans, have until midnight tonight to sign up for health coverage and avoid paying a fine when they file their taxes next year.

State director to run N.M. insurance hub

posted: 01/29/2017 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The director of the agency responsible for Arkansas' health insurance exchanges will become director of the exchanges in New Mexico on March 1, New Mexico's exchange board announced Friday.

Legal nonprofit files 2nd suit over ArPath

posted: 01/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services failed to follow a state law when it began using a new method to determine Medicaid recipients' eligibility for home-based services for the elderly and disabled, a lawsuit filed Thursday contends.

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