Arkansas Healthcare http://ualrpublicradio.org en Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-surgeon-general-more-transparency-means-better-healthcare <p>This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.</p><p>In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:06:28 +0000 Chris Hickey 21673 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-asks-court-reconsider-drug-ruling <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson &amp; Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson &amp; Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:46:10 +0000 Associated Press 21467 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling Director Named For Arkansas Health Insurance Exchange http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/director-named-arkansas-health-insurance-exchange <p></p><p>The former director of Utah's health insurance exchange has been named director of the organization that's exploring whether to create a state-run insurance exchange in Arkansas.</p><p>Cheryl Smith will begin work next month for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.</p><p>Arkansas has partnered with the federal government to run its exchange, but the state is exploring whether to establish its own state-run insurance marketplace.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:22:29 +0000 Associated Press 21159 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Director Named For Arkansas Health Insurance Exchange Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-health-care-exchange-enrollment-falling-below-target <p>Arkansas officials say more than 33,500 people have signed up for the health insurance exchange set up under the federal health law, well below the numbers they hoped to see before the enrollment deadline next week.</p><p>State officials on Thursday said the signup for the exchange, a marketplace where consumers can select health plans, has lagged in comparison to enrollments in the state's "private option" compromise Medicaid expansion.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:44:36 +0000 Associated Press 20967 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-lawmakers-discuss-private-option <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas lawmakers are discussing the progress of the compromise on Medicaid expansion that they just reauthorized for another year.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:59:03 +0000 Associated Press 20923 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/deadline-near-more-arkansans-signing-insurance-marketplace <p>The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is nearing. Those seeking to enroll have until next Monday, March 31<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17.5px;">,&nbsp;</span>or <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/" target="_blank">they may face a fine.</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:55:58 +0000 Chris Hickey 20773 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/private-option-overshadows-gop-primaries-arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:58:07 +0000 Associated Press 20394 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas Land Donated For Medical School Near Fort Smith http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/land-donated-medical-school-near-fort-smith <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has reclassified 200 acres of land donated to a planned medical school near Fort Smith.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The action changes permitted use of the land from mixed commercial and residential to institutional and clears the way for building permits.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 20057 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Discussions Bring Potential Changes To Private Option, Vote Expected Next Week http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/discussions-bring-potential-changes-private-option-vote-expected-next-week <p>State Legislators say they’re getting closer to finding a way to pass funding for Arkansas’s private option. House Leadership have been meeting with opponents and Department of Human Services officials about the possibility of limiting the time period during which people can enroll in the program.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:06:35 +0000 Chris Hickey 19631 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Discussions Bring Potential Changes To Private Option, Vote Expected Next Week In Fiscal Legislative Session, Discussions On Private Option Go On http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fiscal-legislative-session-discussions-private-option-go <p>The Arkansas House of Representatives again delayed a fifth vote on funding Arkansas’s private option alternative to Medicaid expansion Wednesday. It came just as the state Department of Human Services new released figures showing that 127, 051 people have been deemed eligible to receive assistance under the healthcare program, with 105,561 already covered.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:39:53 +0000 Chris Hickey 19581 at http://ualrpublicradio.org In Fiscal Legislative Session, Discussions On Private Option Go On