Arkansas Health

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A partial federal government shutdown will not delay efforts to implement Arkansas’s Health Insurance Marketplace, according to state health officials. 

On Tuesday, open enrollment begins for the new online Marketplace and Arkansans will have an opportunity to view and compare different insurance plans, set up a Marketplace account, and buy a plan that best suits their needs. 

The National MS Society is hosting the first annual auction and fundraiser this Thursday at 6 pm, at Next Level Events. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Multiple Sclerosis research and services, as many Arkansans are directly impacted by the autoimmune disease. 

Tina Ward, with the Society's Arkansas Chapter says a lot of the money will go to direct service work, such as paying for patients' utility bills. 

Ward says the National MS Society also works in advocacy to educate the public and those affected directly by MS.

Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

Dr. Elisabet Borsheim is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.

“We are in the process of building a Physical Fitness Lab where we will study the influence of exercise on how carbohydrates, protein, and fat is handled in the body,” said Borsheim.

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to send HIV test results of three students to the Pea Ridge School District, despite protests from the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas. The Center plans to file a lawsuit against DHS for what they say is a violation of federal law and the privacy of the three students.

As director of the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, Tom Masseau says if a student is HIV positive, that shouldn't change how the school district should treat him or her. He says this case will have wider implications.

The Clinton School of Public Service is partnering with the state Insurance Department to host an enrollment event for the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, and the public is welcome until 7 p.m.

Guides will help people compare insurance plans and learn how much financial aid they qualify for. The Arkansas Insurance Department’s Public Information Manger, Heather Haywood, says adults ages 18 to 64 are welcome to attend.

Ed Andrieski / AP

Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for in Colorado, due to historic flooding there. 

As rescue operations continue to save the lives of flood victims, Arkansas Red Cross officials have been deployed to that state to aid residents. 

Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says disaster responders from Arkansas will be in Colorado for several weeks to help people cope with the trauma. 

Kali Hardig and parents
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

After contracting an extremely rare and deadly infection, 12 year-old Kali Hardig of Benton was released from the hospital Wednesday.

September Is National Recovery Month

Sep 6, 2013
Arkansas Department of Human Services

September is National Recovery Month, and the state’s Department of Human Services is working to raise awareness about mental issues, substance abuse and recovery.

32 percent of adults in Arkansas report having “poor mental health,” which is slightly higher than the 30 percent national average.

Kate luck, spokeswoman for the Department, says this percentage encompasses several issues.

Arkansas Officials To Mark National Recovery Month

Sep 6, 2013

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is holding an event to encourage people recovering from behavioral health issues to speak out.

The state is marking National Recovery Month on Friday with a news conference and celebration on the Clinton presidential library lawn in downtown Little Rock.

The event will include a governor's proclamation and stories of substance abuse and mental health recovery from those who are living it.

Heat Related Illness Video For Coaches and Athletes

Aug 27, 2013
Arkansas Department of Health

A new training video, informing coaches of how to protect their athletes from heat-related illness, is being filmed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on Cabot Public School’s football field.

With temperatures reaching the triple digits, everyone is at risk of dehydration or even heat stroke. Athletes are especially vulnerable, but Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas State Epidemiologist says anyone spending any time outside should be careful.