Arkansas Healthcare en 3-D Mammograms At UAMS Helping Detection Rates <p>Radiologists at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences are now using 3-D Mammogram technology that they say can uncover some previously undetectable breast cancers. Dr. Sharp Malak specializes in breast imaging at UAMS. He says traditional 2-D mammography couldn’t always detect every cancer and could sometimes detect abnormalities that end up being false positives. With the 3-D technology, known as Tomosynthesis, he says that has changed.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:31:26 +0000 Chris Hickey 27138 at 3-D Mammograms At UAMS Helping Detection Rates Federal Rulings On Affordable Care Act Not Immediately Impacting Arkansas <p>Arkansas’s eligibility for subsidies through the federal health exchange isn’t being immediately impacted by contradictory federal court rulings over the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:42:45 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26936 at Five Insurance Plans To Be Offered In 2015 Arkansas Marketplace <p>The Arkansas Insurance Department says five insurance companies have signed up to offer policies through the state's federally arranged marketplace during 2015.</p><p>The companies are Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Co., National Blue Cross Blue Shield Multi-State, QCH Health Plan Inc. and QualChoice Life and Health Insurance Co. Inc.</p><p>The Insurance Department said Wednesday that each plan must still be reviewed to determine whether they adequately meet the needs of would-be policy holders.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:00:13 +0000 Associated Press 25811 at CHI St. Vincent Announces Layoffs In Arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">CHI St. Vincent says it will cut 157 positions system-wide after its acquisition of a hospital and clinic in Hot Springs.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company announced Thursday that the job reductions include 91 layoffs, with the remainder of cuts occurring by leaving vacant jobs unfilled. The company acquired the 282-bed Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs in April.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:04:11 +0000 Associated Press 25533 at Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Teacher Insurance Fixes <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas House and Senate leaders are counting votes for two bills aimed at addressing looming insurance increases for public school employees as they see whether there's enough support for a special session on the issue.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:56:29 +0000 Associated Press 24999 at Governor Hopefuls Discuss Future Of Arkansas's Private Option <p>Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is vowing to protect the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, while Republican rival Asa Hutchinson says data should drive the debate on the program next year.</p><p>The two ex-congressmen addressed the future of the "private option" Medicaid plan in separate speeches to the Delta Grassroots Caucus on Friday. Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:49:01 +0000 Associated Press 24758 at Gov. Beebe Optimistic For Renewal Of Private Option In 2015 <p></p><p>Despite this week’s election defeat of a key supporter of Arkansas’s private option, the governor and a top legislative leader are hopeful the program will be renewed next year.</p><p>Speaking to the Delta Grassroots Caucus Thursday night, Gov. Mike Beebe said he believes arguments for the plan and the consequences of not taking federal money for the Medicaid expansion will sway lawmakers.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:36:22 +0000 Michael Hibblen 24734 at Gov. Beebe Optimistic For Renewal Of Private Option In 2015 Orthodontist Challenges Arkansas Law On Services <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Jonesboro orthodontist is suing the Arkansas Dental Examiners Board over a claim that barring him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and X-rays is unconstitutional.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers for Dr. Benjamin Burris on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Little Rock that names the dental board and its members.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:07:45 +0000 Associated Press 23900 at Lawmakers Want Another Cost Estimate Of Private Option <p></p><p>A group of Arkansas legislators who have opposed the private option say they’ll ask a legislative committee next month to authorize another analysis of the financial impact of the program.</p><p>Republican state Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest says he’s concerned that the program, which uses federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income Arkansans, is on track to cost the state significantly more than had been projected.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:10:42 +0000 Michael Hibblen 22982 at Lawmakers Want Another Cost Estimate Of Private Option Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison To Leave Post <p></p><p></p><p>The director of Arkansas' Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position.</p><p>Andy Allison has been state Medicaid director since 2011. The Department of Human Services announced Friday that Allison would leave, as of June 1 to pursue other opportunities.</p><p>Allison has led the Medicaid program through adoption of the private option health insurance program, which the Legislature created to accommodate President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion plan.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:37:42 +0000 Associated Press 22709 at Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison To Leave Post