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Doctor fined $1,000 in prescriptions case

posted: 12/03/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Friday issued a $1,000 fine to the owner of a Little Rock "medical spa" after she admitted to signing blank prescriptions for a nurse to fill out and give to patients.

State Medicaid backlog persists; 27,882 cases still unresolved

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

With just a month left to meet their self-imposed deadline, state Department of Human Services officials told lawmakers Thursday that they still have a backlog of overdue Medicaid applications and other paperwork related to about 28,000 people.

DHS to keep firm's services for Medicaid

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will pay a consulting firm up to $4.3 million over the next two years to continue sending out proof-of-coverage forms that many Medicaid recipients are required to file along with their taxes, state officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.

In study, 1 mental care plan saves less

posted: 11/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Compared with traditional managed care, a plan to hire provider-led managed-care organizations to provide Medicaid benefits for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill would likely take longer to implement and would save less money, a consultant told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Panel updates outreach ban for Medicaid; legislators suggest keeping rule under Arkansas Works

posted: 11/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Human Services would be prohibited from encouraging enrollment in the revamped version of the state's expanded Medicaid program after June 30 under special language recommended by lawmakers Monday.

Mental health aid redo quickens

updated: 11/18/2016 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

Measures that would overhaul the mental health benefits provided by the state's Medicaid program and limit its payments for speech, occupational and physical therapy for the developmentally disabled cleared a legislative panel on Thursday.

Arkansas health insurance panel OKs a bonus for state chief

posted: 11/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The director of the agency in charge of Arkansas' health insurance exchanges will receive an annual bonus of up to $10,506, the agency's board decided Wednesday.

Health exchange choices draw look

updated: 11/05/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Although premiums for health insurance bought on individual exchanges are going up nationwide, most Arkansas consumers can avoid some or all of the financial hit by shopping around during the open-enrollment period that started Tuesday and runs through Jan. 31.

State panels oppose cut in fees for psychotherapy

posted: 11/01/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A pair of legislative committees on Monday objected to a proposal to reduce the hourly rate that the state Medicaid program pays for group psychotherapy sessions.

Health marketplace, state DHS modify accord

updated: 10/29/2016 4:23 a.m. Discuss

Two state agencies modified a nearly $3 million agreement after some legislators said they didn't want state money going to the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

Judge: Medicaid cuts inadequately explained

posted: 10/29/2016 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas can't reduce a Helena-West Helena woman's Medicaid benefits until it issues an adequate notice explaining why it plans to do so, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Arkansas panel: For agency, renew Medicaid-outreach ban

posted: 10/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' Insurance Department should continue to be prevented from promoting enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program next year, a legislative subcommittee recommended Wednesday.

Managed-care plan shifting, task force told

posted: 10/25/2016 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is once again exploring a plan to use managed care to reduce the cost of providing services to the developmentally disabled and mentally ill.

Medicaid expansion a success in Arkansas, around the country, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary says

posted: 10/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 17

Medicaid expansion has been a success in Arkansas and around the country, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday.

Medicaid program adds 7,000 to rolls

updated: 10/18/2016 4:14 a.m. Discuss

More than 7,000 people completed enrollment in Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program in September, bringing the total to more than 324,000, according to figures released Monday.






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