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Bill asks pause to care changes

posted: 01/24/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The bill that would create a task force to study a replacement program for Arkansas' private option would also suspend the implementation of "independence accounts" for enrollees with incomes below the poverty level.

Final 2 in running to build exchange described as 'solid'

updated: 01/23/2015 10:04 p.m. Comments 3

The company that supplied the technology for the federally operated small-business health insurance exchanges and a firm that built parts of California's exchange were publicly revealed Friday as the two finalists in the competition for a contract to build a small-business exchange for Arkansas.

Governor airs health plan

posted: 01/23/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state’s expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an “alternative health coverage model” for “vulnerable populations” now covered under the program.

Governor airs health plan

posted: 01/23/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature on Thursday to continue funding for the state's expanded Medicaid program through 2016 and to appoint a task force to develop an "alternative health coverage model" for "vulnerable populations" now covered under the program.

Bidding for clinic gets OK of board

posted: 01/21/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

In a divided vote Tuesday, a state board decided for a second time to seek bids from health care organizations to set up a clinic for state employees near the state Capitol.

Agency's panelists allow in reporter

updated: 01/15/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Four members of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace board said Wednesday that they favor holding the board's committee meetings in a larger room to provide better access to members of the public who want to attend.

List for exchange contract cut to 2

updated: 01/14/2015 4:02 a.m. Comments 2

A committee on Tuesday narrowed the list of companies competing for the contract to supply the technology for an Arkansas-based health-insurance exchange for small businesses from six to two.

Board set to solicit marketer

updated: 01/12/2015 8:37 p.m. Discuss

A state board on Friday plans to begin the search for a company that will market the health insurance exchanges that the board plans to establish for small businesses and individual consumers.

State advised to look at retiree care plans

posted: 01/10/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

An advisory panel Friday recommended that the state explore offering Medicare managed care plans to retired state and public school employees covered by the federal program for the elderly and disabled.

Panel: Keep health plans' criteria

posted: 01/10/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas should stick for another year with the criteria it set last year for plans on the state's insurance exchange, an advisory panel recommended Friday.

Private-option changes given U.S. approval

updated: 01/01/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

A federal agency Wednesday approved Arkansas' plan to establish "independence accounts" for enrollees in Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program and to limit the program's coverage of nonemergency medical transportation.

Health program expands in state

posted: 12/24/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Three Arkansas-based health care provider groups and a coalition of clinics in Arkansas, Maryland and New York are among the organizations that have been approved to join a program that allows them to earn rewards for lowering health care costs, a federal agency announced.

Payments for doctors clear panel

posted: 12/23/2014 3:38 a.m. Comments 4

A requirement for insurance companies to make upfront payments to doctors enrolled in a state program cleared a legislative panel on Monday despite complaints from some critics that advanced-practice nurses aren't allowed to participate on the same footing as physicians.

Infections up, 8 hospitals face cuts in Medicare pay

updated: 12/20/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 3

Eight Arkansas hospitals, including UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, will face reduced Medicare reimbursement rates after a federal agency determined they had higher rates of patient infections and other complications compared with other hospitals, records released this week show.

U.S. awards state $100M to build insurance hubs

posted: 12/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas has been awarded $99.9 million in federal funding to establish state-run health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individual consumers, officials said Thursday.

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