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Medicaid ends for 17,000 despite reprieve for others

posted: 09/01/2015 5:17 a.m. Discuss

More than 17,000 individuals will lose their health coverage today despite a federally mandated change in Arkansas' process for conducting Medicaid renewals, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

U.S. to state: 10 days too few

posted: 08/29/2015 5:43 a.m. Comment 1

A federal agency has directed the Arkansas Department of Human Services to give Arkansans more time to prove they remain eligible for Medicaid benefits.

On state data on Medicaid, suit cites holes

posted: 08/27/2015 4:50 a.m. Discuss

A legal-aid group filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying the Arkansas Department of Human Services has failed to comply with requests for records on possible delays in approval of Medicaid applications.

Insurers' new rates approved by state

posted: 08/26/2015 5:40 a.m. Comments 8

Arkansas' largest health insurance company will increase its premiums for plans offered to individual consumers by an average of more than 7 percent next year under rates approved by the Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday.

Coverage warnings start again

posted: 08/21/2015 3:52 a.m. Comments 4

As of Thursday morning, another 8,762 warning letters had been sent to Medicaid and private-option beneficiaries informing them that their health coverage will end Aug. 31 unless they verify their eligibility, an Arkansas Department of Human Services spokesman said.

Governor: Realign Medicaid

updated: 08/20/2015 4:18 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas should continue using Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, but limit coverage to those earning a minimum income, Gov. Asa Hutchinson recommended Wednesday.

2 insurers keep Rx coverage past cutoff

updated: 08/19/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Two insurers are extending prescription drug coverage to some private-option Medicaid enrollees for 30 days beyond the date on which the state terminated their coverage as a result of an income review, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

4 companies get state look for health hub

posted: 08/13/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A state board will focus on four companies as potential candidates for a contract to provide the technology for an Arkansas-based health insurance exchange for individual consumers, a committee decided Wednesday.

$983,403 federal grant to fund Paragould clinic

posted: 08/12/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

A Corning-based community health center will open a clinic in Paragould with help from a federal grant of more than $980,000, the health center's chief executive said Tuesday.

Board unblocks doctor's license

posted: 08/08/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Friday unanimously agreed to lift its suspension of the license of a doctor accused of conspiring to illegally distribute hydrocodone in Little Rock, but it limited her prescriptions to those written for hospital patients.

State pauses notices on ending Medicaid

posted: 08/05/2015 4:05 a.m. Comment 1

The state will stop sending cancellation notices to Medi­caid and private-option recipients for two weeks to give state workers time to clear a backlog of income-verification records submitted by recipients, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Governor taps Cotton aide to advise on health care policy

posted: 08/04/2015 4:14 a.m. Comment 1

An aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton has been hired as a senior health policy adviser to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the governor's office announced Monday.

Medicaid's loss at hand for 26,500

posted: 08/01/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

The latest estimate of Medicaid recipients who stand to lose their health coverage today is 26,500, about 6,500 fewer than state officials expected Monday.

Error foiled Medicaid pact, state says

updated: 07/31/2015 3:41 a.m. Comments 3

A paperwork error prevented the state Department of Human Services from awarding a contract to build the state's Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system after the department was unable to agree on contract terms with the highest-scoring bidder, a department official told legislators Thursday.

Policies ending, 47,000 are told

posted: 07/28/2015 5:19 a.m. Comments 3

More than 47,000 private-option enrollees and other Medicaid recipients are set to lose their coverage as a result of the check of recipients' incomes that began last month, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday.

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