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Vote affirms mental-health Medicaid cap

updated: 09/30/2016 4:10 a.m. Discuss

About 10,000 Arkansans who receive group-therapy services through Medicaid will be limited to 25 one-hour sessions a year under a rule change that will take effect next week.

Arkansas agency backs health insurer's bid for smaller rate rise

posted: 09/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Insurance Department has recommended approval of a request by QualChoice Health Insurance to increase the rates for plans offered by the company on the state's insurance exchange by less than the amount the department approved last month, a department spokesman said Wednesday.

Arkansas Medicaid rolls top 317,000 in August

posted: 09/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

More than 9,400 Arkansans completed enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program last month, raising the total to more than 317,000, according to numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Human Services.

In Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace plan, exchange insurers pay more

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The fee a state agency collects from insurance companies that offer plans on the state's health insurance exchange would go up in 2018 under a recommendation by the agency's board on Wednesday.

Arkansas panel adopts mental health Medicaid cap

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee Tuesday approved putting a limit on a mental health benefit for Medicaid recipients, despite objections from providers who said it would disrupt patient care and force treatment facilities to close.

Health panel reviews call center proposal

posted: 09/20/2016 3:36 a.m. Discuss

A state agency plans to solicit bids next week for a contract to operate a call center to field questions from Arkansans about their health insurance options.

Health hub slashes its paycheck from state

updated: 09/17/2016 3:40 a.m. Discuss

A state agency projected in June that it would earn $18 million from the state this year for helping manage part of the Arkansas Works Medicaid program -- more than five times what the agency now says it expects to earn all the way through the end of next year, records show.

Panel backs health hub fee for insurers

posted: 09/15/2016 5:25 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee on Wednesday endorsed a fee that a state agency has said it will begin collecting as soon as Dec. 1 from companies that offer plans on the state's health insurance exchange.

Governor: Tap tobacco dollars for disabled Arkansans

posted: 09/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to use about $29 million in Medicaid funds to reduce the number of developmentally disabled Arkansans who are on a waiting list for help with daily living tasks.

Arkansas mumps ousters criticized

posted: 09/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 13

As the mumps outbreak spreads in part of Arkansas, state officials should do more to minimize the disruption in the education of children who have not been vaccinated against disease, some lawmakers said Monday.

Reported OK of insurance fee in Arkansas an error by legislative staff

posted: 09/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Legislative staff members were responsible for an erroneous account of an Oct. 22 meeting in which lawmakers discussed a fee on plans sold on the state's health insurance exchange, the director of the Bureau of Legislative Research said Thursday.

Arkansas legislator: Can't recall letter bearing his name saying health insurance fee OK'd

posted: 09/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

A state legislator said Wednesday that though his name is on the letterhead and a signature line, he doesn't remember writing or approving a letter saying a committee had formally accepted a recommendation on the fee that should be charged to insurance companies offering plans on the state's health insurance exchange.

Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace: It can collect a fee

posted: 09/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A state agency can begin collecting a fee on insurance plans offered on Arkansas' health insurance exchange for individuals without the full Legislature's approval of the fee, agency officials say.

Former U.S. Medicaid director to advise state

posted: 09/03/2016 3:33 a.m. Discuss

The chief of federal Medicaid operations under President George W. Bush has been hired as a senior Medicaid adviser to the director of Arkansas' Department of Human Services at a salary of more than $257,000, state officials announced Friday.

State not fattest; it's now No. 6

posted: 09/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas lost its spot as the state with the highest adult obesity rate in the country, falling to No. 6 as the estimated percentage of adults who were considered to be obese fell slightly, according to a report released Thursday.

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