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Board approves rule to clarify Arkansas abortion law

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Abortion clinics would not be responsible for handling fetal tissue expelled outside the clinic after a medication abortion, under an emergency regulation approved Wednesday by the state Board of Health.

Proposal pushes healthy lifestyles

posted: 07/20/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Public school and state employees who smoke should pay higher health insurance premiums in 2019 unless they enroll in a program to quit smoking, a committee recommended Wednesday.

Arkansas' two senators say repeal health law now, replace later

posted: 07/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

Congress should repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now and come up with a replacement later, Arkansas' two U.S. senators said Tuesday.

Attorney fees awarded in Medicaid-hours suit

posted: 07/18/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge has awarded a Jonesboro-based nonprofit more than $80,000 in attorney fees and costs for its work challenging the state's use of a computer program to allot hours of home-based care to elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients.

Arkansas health agency OKs call for 'navigator' contract

posted: 07/15/2017 2:48 a.m. Discuss

A state agency will solicit bids Monday for contracts to help Arkansans enroll in coverage offered through the state's health insurance exchange, the agency's board decided Friday.

Interim head made state mental-health chief

posted: 07/14/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The interim director in charge of publicly funded mental health services in Arkansas was promoted to director on Thursday.

Arkansas Children's Hospital gets $11.5M

posted: 07/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The research institute at Arkansas Children's Hospital has been awarded $11.5 million over five years to establish a center with a new approach to studying childhood diseases, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Switch coverage 'navigators,' state insurance panelists say

posted: 07/13/2017 3:34 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace should solicit a new set of contracts from organizations that will help people enroll for individual coverage during the open-enrollment period that starts Nov. 1, a state panel recommended Wednesday.

Arkansas governor touts aid for 500 disabled, but agency says paring of waiting list has hardly started

posted: 07/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday touted a new law that he said has already reduced the number of Arkansans with developmental disabilities who are on a waiting list for services such as help with bathing, dressing and other daily tasks.

Prescriptions for painkillers in Arkansas decline in '16

posted: 07/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The number of drug overdose deaths in Arkansas increased slightly last year, while the number of prescriptions for opioid pain medication fell, state Department of Health officials said Monday.

Scores protest health care bill; crowds at Cotton’s, Boozman’s offices voice opposition

posted: 07/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 26

In demonstrations in Little Rock, Jonesboro and Springdale on Thursday, dozens of people urged U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman to oppose the Senate Republican health care bill.

State reduces Medicaid rolls 10,124 in May

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

More than 10,100 people were removed from Arkansas' Medicaid program last month as a result of an effort to identify recipients who are receiving benefits in more than one state, Arkansas officials said Thursday.

Protesters rally at senators' Little Rock offices, urge rejection of Medicaid cuts

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A group of demonstrators held a rally and delivered postcards, signed by about 1,000 Arkansans, to the Little Rock offices of U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman on Wednesday, asking them to oppose efforts to cut Medicaid and other government health care assistance.

Rates to hold steady on state health plans

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The health plans for teachers and state employees will use reserves built up in previous years to keep the rates and benefits the same in 2018 as they are this year, a state board decided Tuesday.

Medicaid revisions draw flak; groups comment on Arkansas plan

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Proposed changes to the Arkansas Works Medicaid program will drive up insurance premiums, leave low-income Arkansans without coverage and increase the amount of unreimbursed care provided by hospitals and other health care providers, health industry and advocacy groups contend.






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