posted: 03/05/2014 5:06 a.m.
Enrollees in the state’s private option have been slightly older than expected, resulting in the state paying higher than expected premiums, the state’s Medicaid director said Tuesday.
posted: 03/03/2014 4:22 a.m.
Arkansas officials are confident that they can secure federal approval for a proposal that would limit when people can sign up for coverage under the state’s private-option Medicaid program, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Friday.
posted: 02/25/2014 3:58 a.m.
While advisory groups are developing recommendations for broader changes, the administrator of the state’s health-insurance plans for teachers and other school employees told lawmakers Monday that steps have already been taken to reduce the amount the plans pay for medical and drug expenses.
posted: 02/22/2014 3:02 a.m.
Dropping coverage for employees’ spouses, eliminating coverage for part-time employees and excluding certain drugs from coverage were brought up Friday as options for an advisory group to consider as it crafts recommended changes to Arkansas’ health plans for public-school employees.
posted: 02/20/2014 4:53 a.m.
A former Arkansas insurance commissioner, a former official with the Utah health-insurance exchange and a pharmaceutical executive are among those who have applied to become director of the organization exploring a possible state-run health-insurance exchange in Arkansas, the organization’s records show.
posted: 02/19/2014 4:56 a.m.
As it prepares to set rates for next year, the board that governs the health-insurance plans for state employees will once again have to consider significant premium increases or benefit cuts for teachers and other school employees — unless additional money is allocated to the plans, the director of the state’s Employee Benefits Division told board members Tuesday.
posted: 02/16/2014 4:41 a.m.
In the debate over the expansion of Arkansas’ Medicaid program through the so-called private option, opponents say they don’t want to add to the federal debt or burden state taxpayers when Arkansas eventually begins paying some of the cost for the expansion.
posted: 02/13/2014 5:32 a.m.
Enrollment on health insurance exchanges in Arkansas and elsewhere slowed in January compared with December, but the mix of enrollees was younger, numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show.
posted: 02/13/2014 5:06 a.m.
More than 40 percent of Arkansas doctors and clinics affected by the state’s episodes of care initiative will receive extra payments from the state’s Medicaid program for keeping the cost of treating upper respiratory infections low, the Arkansas Department of Human Services announced Wednesday.
posted: 02/11/2014 2:31 a.m.
After being delayed last week, two contracts related to Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange cleared a final legislative hurdle on Monday, hours before the start of the state’s fiscal session.
posted: 02/10/2014 2:52 a.m.
More than 100 additional Arkansas clinics have signed up to be paid by the state’s Medicaid program to better coordinate patient care, raising the total number of clinics receiving such payments to 179, according to the state Department of Human Services.
posted: 02/07/2014 3:03 a.m.
More than 100,000 Arkansans had been approved for coverage in the state’s expanded Medicaid program as of Saturday, an increase of more than 4,000 from a week earlier, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Thursday.
posted: 02/07/2014 2:31 a.m.
A federal grant providing $3.6 million to explore the establishment of a state-run health insurance exchange cleared a legislative subcommittee on Thursday despite one legislator complaining that the spending seemed “excessive.”
posted: 02/06/2014 5:05 a.m.
Questions related to contracts with the state’s health insurance exchange delayed action by a legislative subcommittee Wednesday after the panel’s chairman noted that not enough members were in attendance.
posted: 02/05/2014 4:19 a.m.
The “special terms and conditions” granting Arkansas the authority to extend Medicaid coverage through private insurance plans under the so-called private option do not restrict the state’s authority to pull back from the expansion, officials with the Department of Human Services told state lawmakers Tuesday.