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57,700 in state to share rebates from insurers

posted: 07/25/2014 4:08 a.m. Comments 4

More than 57,700 Arkansans will share in $6.3 million in rebates from insurance companies as a result of a provision in the 2010 federal health care overhaul law, a federal agency announced Thursday.

State creating own exchange gets price tag

posted: 07/24/2014 3:47 a.m. Comments 7

The director of a state-created nonprofit exploring a possible state-run health insurance exchange said she will recommend next month that the board request $91 million to $133 million in federal grant money to pay for the exchange's setup costs.

Insurance ruling won't cut off state, officials say

posted: 07/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Comment 1

Tens of thousands of Arkansans will continue to receive federal tax credits to help pay their health insurance premiums despite a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that found that only policies purchased on state-run exchanges qualify for the subsidies, state and federal officials said.

Insurance change favoring generics

posted: 07/20/2014 3:51 a.m. Comments 5

Starting next year, state employees' high-deductible health insurance plans will no longer pay for dozens of brand-name prescription drugs that have cheaper generic equivalents.

3 on Medicaid file suit over access to drug

posted: 07/18/2014 3:34 a.m. Comments 2

Three Arkansans with cystic fibrosis, including a 14-year-old girl, are challenging a state Medicaid policy that they say is blocking their access to an expensive drug needed to treat the deadly disease.

Health-plan rates to climb, educator group warns panel

posted: 07/16/2014 4:31 a.m. Comment 1

Despite changes mandated under laws passed during a special session of the Legislature this month, thousands of teachers and other public school employees likely face significant health insurance rate increases, the president of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators told lawmakers Tuesday.

In Medicaid shift, fraud referrals rise

posted: 07/15/2014 3:40 a.m. Comment 1

In its first year of existence, the state's Office of the Medicaid Inspector General more than doubled the number of Medicaid fraud referrals sent to the state attorney general's office and has increased collection of money owed by health care providers by more than a third, officials with the office said Monday.

Expanded-Medicaid rolls shrink in June

posted: 07/11/2014 2:37 a.m. Comments 2

The number of Arkansans approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program fell slightly in June, largely as a result of the state canceling coverage for almost 4,800 people after officials learned the enrollees' eligibility had not been verified, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Thursday.

Care law funding UAMS spots

posted: 07/09/2014 4:47 a.m. Comment 1

Funding made available under the 2010 federal health care law is supporting six family-medicine residency positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, including two residents who started their training on July 1, UAMS officials said this week.

$616,500 to insurer to fix state baby glitch

posted: 07/08/2014 3:53 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Human Services expects to pay the state's largest insurance company $616,500 to offset the medical costs associated with the deliveries of 137 babies whose mothers were inadvertently allowed to enroll in the private option last fall, a department spokesman said Monday.

QualChoice's limited plans off exchange

posted: 07/03/2014 4:17 a.m. Comment 1

At the request of the state Department of Insurance, QualChoice Health Insurance will not offer its limited-network plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange next year, the company and department officials said Wednesday.

Group helping uninsured access care to close doors

posted: 06/28/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A nonprofit group that helped uninsured Arkansans obtain medical care for the past 25 years is scheduled to cease operations Monday after losing its primary source of funding.

Non-Medicaid plan rolls dip by 331 in Arkansas

posted: 06/25/2014 5:41 a.m. Comments 2

Enrollment in non-Medicaid plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange fell slightly from April 21 to June 1 although the number of enrollees who had paid at least one month's premium increased, according to a report by the Arkansas Insurance Department.

State Medicaid slaps 49 providers on costs

posted: 06/24/2014 4:11 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Medicaid program has assessed more than $500,000 in penalties against 49 providers whose costs for treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or providing maternity care was too high, according to information provided by the state Department of Human Services on Monday.

Proposal taps schools' funds for insurance

posted: 06/19/2014 5:36 a.m. Discuss

Legislators are reviewing a proposal that would transfer about $4.6 million from school districts to the health insurance plans that cover 47,000 teachers and other public school employees.

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