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Andy Davis

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Insurers' '15 rates go online in slip-up

posted: 08/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Information inadvertently posted on the Arkansas Insurance Department's website showed that Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the company's national affiliate did not request rate increases for next year for plans the companies are offering on the state's health insurance exchange.

Insurance tab high for state employees

posted: 08/18/2014 4:05 a.m. Comments 8

Arkansas' state employees paid more, on average, for health coverage than their counterparts in other states last year, even though the state's average-plan benefits were slightly less generous, according to a report released last week.

Private option's premiums drop, still above target

posted: 08/15/2014 2:23 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Medicaid program's average per-enrollee payments to insurance companies continued to fall this month but remained above a target set in a federal waiver authorizing the program, according to figures released by the state Department of Human Services.

Health board delays grant request

posted: 08/12/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Officials with a state-created nonprofit have decided to wait until October to request more than $100 million to establish a state-run health insurance exchange that would replace the one set up for the state by the federal government.

Medicaid sign-ups now total 192,210

posted: 08/09/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Almost 8,000 more Arkansans were approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program last month, bringing the total to 192,210, the state Department of Human Services reported Friday.

In poll, state's uninsured cut nearly in half

posted: 08/06/2014 5:41 a.m. Comments 131

Arkansas had a bigger drop this year in the percentage of its adult residents who lack insurance than any other state, a survey released Tuesday found.

Free rides to doctor limited in state's private-option proposal

posted: 08/02/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Enrollees in Arkansas' private-option health insurance program would be limited to eight Medicaid-funded rides to or from medical appointments per year under a proposal unveiled by state officials Friday.

3 state health centers get grants

posted: 08/01/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Three Arkansas community health centers have been awarded $250,000 each to provide behavioral health services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

Board OKs changes in rates for school-worker health coverage

posted: 07/30/2014 5:44 a.m. Discuss

In a 7-1 vote, a state board on Tuesday approved increases in the health insurance rates for some public school employees and reduced rates and benefits for others.

Panel advances health-plan trio

posted: 07/29/2014 3:45 a.m. Comment 1

Health insurance premiums would increase for some public school employees and fall for others under rates recommended by an advisory panel on Monday.

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.

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