posted: 03/30/2013 5 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/29/2013 12:48 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/24/2013 3:51 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/19/2013 12:48 a.m.
Expanding Medicaid through private insurance won’t be a budget buster for Arkansas or the federal government.
posted: 03/17/2013 3:46 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/16/2013 5:13 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/14/2013 3:59 a.m.
Federal spending cuts triggered by sequestration threaten Arkansas’ budding health-insurance exchange after all, according to an e-mail to state exchange planners.
posted: 03/14/2013 3:51 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/08/2013 5:21 a.m.
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.
posted: 03/08/2013 12:27 a.m.
Arkansas’ deal to expand Medicaid is legal, Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday, and emails among state officials indicate that top federal officials agree.
posted: 03/07/2013 12:33 a.m.
E-mails between Arkansas policymakers and leading Republicans show an effort to develop pro-expansion “talking points” to help sell an unprecedented Medicaid expansion deal to legislators.
posted: 03/06/2013 4:03 a.m.
Lawmakers jousted Tuesday over a GOP choice for an outside consultant to evaluate Arkansas’ Medicaid program before a legislative panel approved the $220,000 contract. The Alexander Group LLC is headed by Gary D. Alexander, a former health and welfare official in the Republican administration of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, as well as the designer of a Medicaid overhaul for Rhode Island. Alexander was the best choice available, said Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs.
posted: 03/06/2013 12:40 a.m.
More dollars generated by fees levied on a huge new pool of customers on the state’s health-insurance exchange could help pay for Arkansas’ share of Medicaid expansion, say some Republicans, but state health-policy officials said Tuesday that they hadn’t signed off on such a plan.
posted: 03/05/2013 12:49 a.m.
A leading Republican who has been unhappy with the state partnering with the federal government on its health insurance exchange said Monday that he is likely resigned to keeping that model for now.
posted: 03/01/2013 12:01 a.m.
Lawmakers who want to see a price tag on the new private model for Medicaid expansion likely won’t see any dollar figures before a vote, Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday, adding that a much-discussed “sunset” clause in any legislation would create a three-year window for “actual data, not speculation.”