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2 sue over Medicaid cuts based on tool

posted: 05/04/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

An eligibility assessment tool in use since 2013 has resulted in arbitrary reductions and terminations of home-based Medicaid services for the elderly and disabled, a federal lawsuit contends.

State's Rx lawsuit share: $3M

posted: 05/01/2016 1:05 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will receive more than $3 million from a settlement over allegations that a New Jersey-based drug company overcharged state Medicaid programs for prescription drugs from 2001 to 2006, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Friday.

State's Rx lawsuit share: $3M

posted: 04/30/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will receive more than $3 million from a settlement over allegations that a New Jersey-based drug company overcharged state Medicaid programs for prescription drugs from 2001 to 2006, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Friday.

Arkansas Board of Health vote OKs abortion phrase

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 17

In a 13-7 vote, the Arkansas Board of Health on Thursday gave preliminary approval to regulations defining abortion as the "death of the unborn child" -- a phrase the board had attempted to remove from the rules earlier this year.

Doctor: Zika grants to fight mosquitoes

posted: 04/28/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will likely apply for two federal grants worth a total of $800,000 to help pay for the state's response to the Zika virus, the state's epidemiologist said Wednesday.

2 in state test positive for Zika

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Two more Arkansans have tested positive for the Zika virus after returning from overseas trips, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Health said Tuesday.

Savings seen in new care program

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Paying doctors to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas and seven other states helped hold down the cost of patients' medical care over a two-year period, although the savings didn't fully offset the cost of the extra payments, a report found.

Savings seen in new care program

posted: 04/24/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Paying doctors to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas and seven other states helped hold down the cost of patients' medical care over a two-year period, although the savings didn't fully offset the cost of the extra payments, a report found.

West Little Rock doctor's license yanked 2nd time

updated: 04/22/2016 12:29 p.m. Comment 1

For the second time in a year, a state board has suspended the license of a doctor accused of conspiring to illegally distribute pain medicine in Little Rock after it received information indicating she violated an earlier order.

State board agrees on hire for health plans administrator

posted: 04/21/2016 1:02 a.m. Discuss

Members of the state board governing health plans for public school and state employees on Tuesday agreed on who they want to hire as the plans’ administrator.

State board suggests health plans director

posted: 04/20/2016 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Members of the state board that governs health plans for public school and state employees on Tuesday agreed on who they want to hire as the plans' administrator.

Sanders: Legislators out of loop on bonuses for health-hub staff

posted: 04/16/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A state legislator said Friday that he is concerned the agency that operates a health insurance exchange for small businesses didn't consult with lawmakers before awarding bonuses to its director and other employees.

Insurance pool turns in $8.15M

posted: 04/14/2016 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A state health insurance program for people with expensive health conditions has officially ceased operations after turning over $8.15 million in leftover funds to the state's general fund, the Arkansas Department of Insurance announced Wednesday.

Pay for colonoscopy perk, plans urged

posted: 04/14/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

To protect public-school and state employees from surprise medical bills, the employees' health plans should start paying for general anesthesia for routine colonoscopies, an advisory panel recommended Tuesday.

Governor signs Medicaid bill

updated: 04/09/2016 2:48 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Friday preserving health coverage for more than 267,000 low-income Arkansans and said he hopes to avoid a "crash" over the issue during the Legislature's fiscal session that starts next week.

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