Arkansas Health

Mental Health
Mid South Health Systems

Funding cuts for mental health services through Medicaid are taking effect October 1, despite a last-ditch effort at the state legislature Friday to walk back a change that some say could have dire consequences.

The cuts, finalized last week, would limit group therapy length from an hour and a half to an hour and set a cap of 25 counseling visits per year for Medicaid recipients who might otherwise go every week.

The vote to revisit the decision failed to gain two thirds from the Arkansas Legislative Council Friday morning.

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance / Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Arkansans are being asked to spend the week of September 26-30 feeding themselves on no more than $4 dollars per day to better understand food insecurity in the state.

What used to be known as food stamps is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. In Arkansas, qualified low-income individuals receive an average of $3.74 per day from SNAP to help them afford groceries.

The Arkansas Department of Health says an outbreak of mumps has been confirmed in northwest Arkansas.

marijuana
npr.org

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana have asked Arkansas' highest court to dismiss an attempt to block their ballot measure, saying opponents haven't cited facts in their complaint.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to dismiss the complaint over the group's proposed initiated act, which would allow patients with certain medical conditions and a doctor's recommendation to buy marijuana from dispensaries.

Fresh 2 You
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With a lack of grocery stores in Little Rock’s poorer neighborhoods, and a lack of transportation options, many in the city have long had trouble getting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reliance on junk food from convenience stores or fast food outlets only adds to the problems of poverty by making it harder for people to eat healthy. But the city is partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other organizations to offer what’s being called a mobile farmers market.

marijuana
npr.org

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.
 
The proposal by Mary Berry of Summit would allow for the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant and all products taken from the plant, including marijuana.
 

UAMS
UAMS.edu

A team of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a federal grant to study the dangers of synthetic marijuana products.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a special meeting June 24 to consider adopting regulations to combat a fatal disease that is affecting 23% of deer sampled in a five-county area in north-central Arkansas.

Bobby Ampezzan / KUAR NEWS

Public health officials in Arkansas and nationally are monitoring the spread of the Zika virus following the births of thousands of babies with microcephaly.

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A new report by the United Health Foundation shows that Arkansas is among the unhealthiest states for seniors, mainly due to the high prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and food insecurity.

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