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Board OKs uptick in insurance rates for public school employees, state workers

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Health insurance premiums next year will rise 2 percent for many Arkansas public school employees and 3 percent for state employees, a state board decided Tuesday.

Telemedicine rules fail in committees

posted: 07/19/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Rules that would allow greater use of telemedicine in Arkansas failed to gain a pair of Legislative committees' endorsement on Monday after some lawmakers complained about a wording change that came after a public comment period had expired.

Most state areas rise in rankings on health

posted: 07/17/2016 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Most areas of Arkansas moved up in rank in a report rating measures of healthy behavior, access to medical care and efficient use of health services in 306 regions of the country.

Dismang: Switch more to traditional Medicaid

posted: 07/12/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas officials should consider transferring more high-cost enrollees from the private option to the traditional, fee-for-service Medicaid program, a sponsor of the law that created the program said Monday.

Cost high to insure Arkansas health care enrollees

updated: 07/10/2016 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Private-option enrollees and other Arkansans enrolled in the state's individual health insurance market last year appear to be more expensive to insure than their counterparts in other states, according to a federal report.

Panel backs state-job premium rises

updated: 07/09/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Health insurance premiums would increase 2 percent for school employees and 3 percent for state employees next year under recommendations made Friday by an advisory panel.

Federal judge blocks Medicaid benefits cut

posted: 07/03/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary order preventing the Arkansas Department of Human Services from reducing the Medicaid benefits provided to a Helena-West Helena woman who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Reserves waning, Rx shift gets look

posted: 07/02/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Dropping drug coverage for retired state employees, reducing other benefits and asking for more money from the Legislature were among options an advisory panel discussed Friday as ways of reducing the need for large increases in future years in the health premiums paid by state and public school employees.

Federal judge blocks Medicaid cut

posted: 07/02/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary order preventing the Arkansas Department of Human Services from reducing the Medicaid benefits provided to a Helena-West Helena woman who has Alzheimer's disease.

Arkansas Works tab put at $300M more

posted: 07/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Because of the rising cost of prescription drugs, a consulting firm hired by the state now expects the Arkansas Works program to cost about $9.4 billion over the next five years, about $300 million more than the consultants predicted in an estimate published in May.

Medicaid's care cuts reversed for Cash alderman suing DHS

posted: 06/25/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

A hearing officer on Friday reversed a decision by state Medicaid officials to reduce the reimbursement for home-based services provided to a Cash alderman with cerebral palsy who has filed a federal lawsuit over the issue, the alderman's attorney said.

Firms push to revise telemedicine law

posted: 06/24/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A state senator said Thursday that she's open to revisiting an Arkansas telemedicine law to address concerns that it prevents Arkansans from being able to take advantage of benefits offered by employers such as Wal-Mart and J.B. Hunt.

Decision to cut care for man, 79, reversed at DHS

posted: 06/22/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A hearing officer has reversed a decision by the state Department of Human Services to take a 79-year-old Parkin man off a Medicaid program that helps people with daily living tasks.

Eligibility screening weighed for developmentally disabled

posted: 06/15/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

State officials are considering using independent assessments to determine Arkansans' eligibility for placement in state-run facilities for the developmentally disabled, the director of the state Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Services Division told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday.

State seeing rise in prescription overdose deaths

posted: 06/15/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Making treatment programs more available and expanding the use of a drug prescription database are among the ways Arkansas can reduce painkiller abuse and overdose deaths, a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences told lawmakers Monday.

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