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Oil spill threatens Lake Conway

posted: 03/30/2013 5 a.m. Comments 5

A crude-oil pipeline ruptured near Lake Conway on Friday, prompting emergency workers to evacuate a residential neighborhood and rush to prevent the oil from entering the man-made lake that’s popular with central Arkansas fishermen.

E-mails: Beebe sought tax spin

posted: 03/29/2013 12:48 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Mike Beebe earlier this month questioned whether the state’s Medicaid program needed a requested $90 million, according to an e-mail from a state finance administrator to Beebe staff members and to officials in the state Department of Human Services.

Insurance debate leaves guides’ training in limbo

posted: 03/24/2013 3:51 a.m. Comments 3

Come summer, at least 535 trained guides will start fanning out across Arkansas, knocking on doors, setting up folding chairs in community centers and handing out brochures to spread the word across Arkansas about the state’s health-insurance exchange, which will open in January.

State Medicaid plan gets a lift from study

posted: 03/19/2013 12:48 a.m. Discuss

Expanding Medicaid through private insurance won’t be a budget buster for Arkansas or the federal government.

Policies likely for all in state, planners say

posted: 03/17/2013 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Some lawmakers and advocates remain concerned that rural, poor Arkansans will be left without coverage when the state’s health-insurance exchange begins operating in January, but an executive of Arkansas’ largest insurance company and exchange planners say such a scenario almost definitely won’t happen.

Medicaid plan seen averting hit from fines

posted: 03/16/2013 5:13 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas businesses could be saddled with up to $38 million in fines if state lawmakers don’t expand Medicaid, according to a national tax service’s report.

State-exchange funding vulnerable

posted: 03/14/2013 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Federal spending cuts triggered by sequestration threaten Arkansas’ budding health-insurance exchange after all, according to an e-mail to state exchange planners.

State writes up bigger-Medicaid deal, sends it to U.S.

posted: 03/14/2013 3:51 a.m. Discuss

A letter sent to the federal government Wednesday by the Arkansas Department of Human Services outlines in concrete and exhaustive detail the oral agreement reached last month by Gov. Mike Beebe and U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in an attempt to nail down the unprecedented deal they reached regarding Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid effort ‘fruitless’ without bipartisanship, says Beebe

posted: 03/08/2013 5:21 a.m. Discuss

Politicians such as Democratic state Rep. Reginald Murdock and Republican state Sen. Jonathan Dismang represent Arkansas’ chance to avoid Washington politics, Gov. Mike Beebe told a crowd of hundreds on the Capitol steps Thursday at a rally in support of expanding Medicaid.

Medicaid deal with U.S. solid, Beebe says

posted: 03/08/2013 12:27 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas’ deal to expand Medicaid is legal, Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday, and emails among state officials indicate that top federal officials agree.

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