Arkansas Health

Local & Regional News
12:05 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Thousands Of Arkansans Enroll In “Private Option” Health Insurance Program

Officials with the state’s Department of Human Services are releasing figures on the number of Arkansans who want to enroll in the “private option” health insurance program. 

According to data released Tuesday, after two weeks of enrollment efforts, over 56,000 adults have expressed an interest in joining the new program.

Amy Webb with DHS says these figures differ from enrollment numbers for the AR Health Connector web portal.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Mercy Health And CHI To Transfer Mercy Hot Springs

Mercy Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a non-binding letter of intent to transfer ownership of Mercy Hot Springs hospital and physician clinic to CHI and its affiliate, St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock.

The agreement was signed Friday. The parties plan to complete the transaction by Dec. 31 once final terms are agreed to.

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Local & Regional News
4:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Annual Autism Fundraiser Raises Money For Research And Advocacy Efforts

Credit Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend “Arkansas Walks Now” to support research and advocacy efforts.

Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.

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Local & Regional News
6:09 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Arkansas Exchange Board To Meet As Sign-up Continues

Arkansas Health Connector

The board for Arkansas' insurance exchange is meeting a day after the sign-up period began for the online marketplace that was created under the federal health care law.

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board of Directors planned to meet Wednesday morning at the University of Arkansas System's B. Alan Sugg Boardroom.

The 11-member board was created this year to oversee the operation of the online marketplace where about 500,000 Arkansans are expected to compare policies and purchase insurance under the health overhaul.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Website Troubles Plague Arkansas Signup Event

A guide works with a woman signing up for coverage Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Maggie Carroll KUAR

Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace officially got underway Tuesday, but not without some problems.

Arkansans were invited to the Clinton School of Public Service to learn more about the program, set up as part of the federal healthcare law.

The Arkansas Insurance Department partnered with the school to host the event, to help people learn how much financial assistance they qualify for.

Insurance department Exchange Planning Manager Cynthia Crone, says an overwhelming response kept the enrollment website down much of the day.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Arkansas Launches Online Insurance Marketplace

Arkansas Health Connector

Arkansas is set to launch its online marketplace for insurance under the federal health care law, with thousands of consumers expected to participate in the coming months.

Open enrollment is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the exchange, and state officials say they expect about 500,000 people to use it to compare policies and shop for plans. 

The state Insurance Department has not said how many people they expect to begin on the first day of open enrollment, which runs through March 31.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Arkansas Health Officials Answer Questions About New Insurance Marketplace

State health officials discuss the new Insurance Marketplace, during a forum at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jack Heinritz / KARN

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. 

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Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

National MS Society To Host First Annual Fundraising Auction

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.

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Research On Obesity Enters New Phase At Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Arkansas Children's Hospital

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.

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Disability Rights & Public Health
6:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

DHS Will Give HIV Test Results To School District, Angering Advocates

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.

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