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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.

Little Rock nonprofit wins job to answer calls about health coverage

posted: 10/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Starting in under three weeks, Arkansans shopping for health insurance coverage will be able to call a Little Rock nonprofit for help.

Vote affirms mental-health Medicaid cap for Arkansans

updated: 09/30/2016 4:10 a.m. Discuss

About 10,000 Arkansans who receive group-therapy services through Medicaid will be limited to 25 one-hour sessions a year under a rule change that will take effect next week.

Arkansas agency backs health insurer's bid for smaller rate rise

posted: 09/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department has recommended approval of a request by QualChoice Health Insurance to increase the rates for plans offered by the company on the state's insurance exchange by less than the amount the department approved last month, a department spokesman said Wednesday.

Arkansas Medicaid rolls top 317,000 in August

posted: 09/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

More than 9,400 Arkansans completed enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program last month, raising the total to more than 317,000, according to numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Human Services.

In Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace plan, exchange insurers pay more

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The fee a state agency collects from insurance companies that offer plans on the state's health insurance exchange would go up in 2018 under a recommendation by the agency's board on Wednesday.

Arkansas panel adopts mental health Medicaid cap

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee Tuesday approved putting a limit on a mental health benefit for Medicaid recipients, despite objections from providers who said it would disrupt patient care and force treatment facilities to close.

Health panel reviews call center proposal

posted: 09/20/2016 3:36 a.m. Discuss

A state agency plans to solicit bids next week for a contract to operate a call center to field questions from Arkansans about their health insurance options.

Health hub slashes its paycheck from state

updated: 09/17/2016 3:40 a.m. Discuss

A state agency projected in June that it would earn $18 million from the state this year for helping manage part of the Arkansas Works Medicaid program -- more than five times what the agency now says it expects to earn all the way through the end of next year, records show.

Panel backs health hub fee for insurers

posted: 09/15/2016 5:25 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee on Wednesday endorsed a fee that a state agency has said it will begin collecting as soon as Dec. 1 from companies that offer plans on the state's health insurance exchange.

Governor: Tap tobacco dollars for disabled Arkansans

posted: 09/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to use about $29 million in Medicaid funds to reduce the number of developmentally disabled Arkansans who are on a waiting list for help with daily living tasks.

Arkansas mumps ousters criticized

posted: 09/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 13

As the mumps outbreak spreads in part of Arkansas, state officials should do more to minimize the disruption in the education of children who have not been vaccinated against disease, some lawmakers said Monday.




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