More than 86,000 Arkansas residents have applied for health insurance under a state plan to use Medicaid expansion money to provide the coverage.
The Department of Human Services said Wednesday that of the 86,341 people who applied, 72,361 are eligible for the private option insurance.
The program is separate from the federal health insurance program that operates through the HealthCare.gov website. As of last week, about 1,400 Arkansas residents had enrolled in that program of 18,000 who applied.
Hewlett-Packard says it will be adding around 200 highly skilled jobs to its facility in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and HP executive John Herzog joined state economic development officials in making the announcement at the state capitol. The 200 highly skilled tech jobs—said to consist of engineers, software developers, data analysts and the like—would be a part of HP’s growing healthcare information business. Beebe said Conway is a perfect fit for these positions because of its young, educated demographic and its centers of higher education.
A Pulaski County judge is reluctantly allowing an eight-time parole absconder who is charged with murder in Little Rock to be given new public defenders, but declined the man's request to represent himself.
Darrell Dennis is charged in the May 10 kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams. Dennis was free at the time despite multiple felony charges and parole violations.