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Public mum on private option

posted: 05/27/2016 2:30 a.m. Discuss

No one commented Thursday at a public hearing in Little Rock on Arkansas' plan to seek federal approval to make changes to the private option and extend the waiver authorizing it through 2021.

Arkansas' largest health insurer seeks 14.7% uptick in premiums

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Arkansas' largest health insurer has proposed a 14.7 percent average increase in the cost of plans that cover more than 200,000 people, including about 130,000 whose premiums are paid by Medicaid under the so-called private option, the state Insurance Department announced Tuesday.

Hutchinson, nursing homes vow cost cuts

posted: 05/21/2016 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and nursing home industry representatives signed a pledge Friday to save the state's Medicaid program $250 million over five years by curbing the growth of spending on care for the elderly and physically disabled.

DHS asks judge to toss care suit

posted: 05/21/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys with the state Department of Human Services on Friday asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by two Medicaid recipients who say their home-based services were unfairly reduced after an annual assessment of their needs.

Care edge reported for Arkansans enrolled in private option

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansans enrolled in the private option in its first year were more likely to get preventive health screenings and less likely to visit hospital emergency rooms than recipients of traditional Medicaid, according to an analysis of the state's expanded Medicaid program.

1st look offered of Arkansas Works

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services on Wednesday opened for public comment a draft of the request it will submit to the federal government to allow changes to the state's private option Medicaid program and extend the waiver authorizing it through 2021.

State's nonelderly uninsured rate flat in '15; U.S. count falls to 12.8%

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The percentage of nonelderly adults who lack insurance held steady in Arkansas last year while it continued dropping in the country as a whole, according to a report released Tuesday.

Medicaid recipient disputes finding

posted: 05/14/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

A finding that a Parkin man no longer qualifies for help with daily living tasks was "essentially arbitrary" and should be overturned, an attorney told a Department of Human Services hearing officer on Friday.

Unity Health links up to Mayo

posted: 05/13/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Unity Health announced Thursday that it is the first health system in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Sherwood man named state benefits director

posted: 05/13/2016 1:02 a.m. Discuss

An account manager for a Denver-based customer service company has been hired as chief of an Arkansas agency that manages the health plans for public school and state employees.

State chooses director for worker health plans

posted: 05/12/2016 3:15 a.m. Discuss

An account manager for a Denver-based customer service company has been hired as chief of an Arkansas agency that manages the health plans for public school and state employees.

Maumelle man joins health-hub board

posted: 05/10/2016 3:12 a.m. Discuss

An account executive with an employee benefits firm in Little Rock has been appointed to the board that manages Arkansas' health insurance exchange for small businesses.

State expands 'episode of care' list

posted: 05/07/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Health care providers involved in removing appendixes or uteruses, treating children for pneumonia or treating children or adults for urinary tract infections would be eligible for potential financial bonuses and penalties from Arkansas' Medicaid program under rules reviewed by an advisory panel on Friday.

2 sue over Medicaid cuts based on tool

posted: 05/04/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

An eligibility assessment tool in use since 2013 has resulted in arbitrary reductions and terminations of home-based Medicaid services for the elderly and disabled, a federal lawsuit contends.

State's Rx lawsuit share: $3M

posted: 05/01/2016 1:05 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will receive more than $3 million from a settlement over allegations that a New Jersey-based drug company overcharged state Medicaid programs for prescription drugs from 2001 to 2006, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Friday.

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