The decision by the federal government to give a one-year delay before larger businesses will be required to provide health insurance means that Arkansas employees without coverage will instead receive federal subsidies to buy one of several private insurance plans in newly-formed exchanges.
Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says he believes the delay is a prudent step ensuring businesses have adequate time to understand regulations and implement changes.
After interest rates on new Stafford student loans for low income applicants doubled this week, many wonder if Congress will be able to arrive at a solution to keep rates low. On the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, some students reacted to news of the rate hike.
Community health centers around Arkansas say the state's plan to use federal money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents includes a provision that would cut the amount of money they receive in reimbursements for their services.
Officials from several community health centers around the state on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Department of Human Services to drop a proposal to change the way the reimbursements to the centers are calculated.