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Division chief at DHS adds role as deputy

posted: 08/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Medicaid Director Dawn Stehle will become one of the state Department of Human Services' two deputy directors on Thursday, the department announced Tuesday.

Panel backs $552,363 for insurance ‘navigators’

posted: 08/26/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

A state board would spend more than $550,000 on a program to provide outreach workers to help people enroll through Arkansas’ health insurance exchange under a proposal endorsed by members of a board committee on Wednesday.

Panel backs $552,363 for health insurance 'navigators'

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A state board would spend more than $550,000 on a program to provide outreach workers to help people enroll through Arkansas' health insurance exchange under a proposal endorsed by members of a board committee on Wednesday.

307,878 listed on expanded Medicaid rolls

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The number of Arkansans who had completed enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program reached 307,878 at the end of last month, exceeding by more than 50,000 state officials' initial estimate of those who would be eligible.

State picks N.Y. firm to run health services

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A New York-based subsidiary of Aetna has been tentatively selected to take over a contract, currently held by another Aetna subsidiary, to manage health care services for Arkansas public school and state employees.

Private option enrolls 20,000 over 3 months; program count tops 258,000

posted: 08/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

More than 20,000 people signed up for Arkansas' private option from mid-March through mid-June, bringing the total enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program to more than 258,000, consultants hired by a legislative task force said Monday.

3 insurers cut rate-rise requests for state exchange

updated: 08/20/2016 3:28 a.m. Comment 1

The three companies offering plans on the state's health insurance exchange have lowered their proposed rate increases for next year, an Arkansas Insurance Department spokesman said Friday.

Long-distance medical exams passed by panel

posted: 08/17/2016 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas doctors will have more flexibility -- although not as much as some employers and telemedicine companies would like -- to examine patients from a distant location under a rule change approved by a legislative committee Tuesday.

Funds needed for home-based care, Hutchinson says

posted: 08/11/2016 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Reducing the number of developmentally disabled people on a waiting list for home-based services will have to move more slowly than originally hoped, as funding sources are identified, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a Medicaid advisory group Wednesday.

American Medical Association study: More access doctor; private option key

posted: 08/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Two years after Arkansas and Kentucky expanded Medicaid, low-income adults in those states were more likely to have a primary-care doctor and receive care for their chronic conditions, and less likely to visit the emergency room, according to a study published in the American Medical Association's internal-medicine journal.

Little Rock institute to study obesity in kids

posted: 08/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The research institute at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock has been awarded a grant providing $9.4 million over five years to support research on childhood obesity, hospital officials said Monday.

Facing trial in sexual assault case, Arkansas doctor gets license back

posted: 08/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

A state board on Thursday lifted the suspension of a Conway doctor's license and said he can return to practicing medicine, but only in the company of a chaperone when treating patients.

Actuaries back health insurer on 14.7% premium rise

posted: 08/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

A proposed 14.7 percent increase in premiums for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plans appears to be reasonable based on the cost of enrollees' medical and drug expenses, actuaries hired by the Arkansas Insurance Department found.

State's doctors eligible for incentives program

posted: 08/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas doctors who take steps to coordinate patient care will continue to have a chance to receive extra payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies under a new version of a federal program that will start next year, federal officials said Monday.

Insurance cost-curb deal again on pause

posted: 07/31/2016 3:51 a.m. Discuss

For the second time, the state’s employee benefits agency has scrapped the award of a contract aimed at holding down the cost of health insurance for public school and state employees.

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