Arkansas Healthcare

Arkansas Abortion Law
5:17 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Asks Judge To Dismiss Abortion Ban Suit

The state of Arkansas is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy, arguing the new restriction is constitutional.

The attorney general's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights. The groups filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

Children's Hospital
6:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Children's Hospital Hires CEO, Bates Retires

Arkansas Children's Hospital is getting a new leader.

The Little Rock hospital announced Friday that Dr. Jonathan Bates is retiring as president and chief executive officer and Marcella "Marcy" L. Doderer will step into the position in July.

Bates' retirement is effective June 30, and Doderer is to start July 15.

The change was announced by the hospital board chairman Tom Baxter.

Doderer is vice president and administrator at Children's Hospital of San Antonio. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School.

Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Arkansas Health Officials Warn About Ticks, Diseases


The Arkansas Health Department is reminding residents that tick season is starting and people should be mindful that the insects can carry diseases. 

The agency said Wednesday that more than 900 cases of tick-borne diseases were reported in 2012 and that many more went unreported. Five people died as a result.

Officials say four diseases are most commonly spread by ticks - anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Some of the infections can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.

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Medicaid Reform
4:54 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Prepares To Launch Medicaid IG Office

As it moves forward with a plan to offer subsidized health insurance to thousands of low-income residents, Arkansas is preparing to reorganize its Medicaid program to create a new office aimed at investigating fraud and waste complaints.

Under a measure Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law last week, 33 staffers from the Department of Human Services will this summer begin working under an independent office that will investigate fraud, waste and abuse complaints in the state's Medicaid program.

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Proper Disposal Of Medications
4:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Properly Disposing Drugs Will Protect Kids, Environment, And Potential Abusers


The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a 2007 study found that Arkansas rank the highest in the number of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers.

In its effort to protect children, potential abusers, and environment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with over 300 agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the state Department of Health, the Sheriff's Associations, the Governor’s Office, and the Board of Pharmacy, to provide locations for public to bring unneeded and expired medications.

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Affordable Care Act
11:10 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'Private Option' Plan Now Law In Arkansas With Governor's Signature

Gov. Mike Beebe at a ceremony Tuesday to sign the 'private option' into law.
Credit Nathan Vandiver/ KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday signed into law a plan for federal Medicaid funds to be used to buy private health insurance for Arkansas adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Governor signed the bills that make up the state’s Private option expansion plan into law at a ceremony in his conference room at the state capitol.

“This is a victory for all of Arkansas in my opinion, and no one person or one group of people deserve all the credit for this,” Beebe said.

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Private Option To Become Law
6:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Beebe To Sign 'Private Option' Plan Into Arkansas Law

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe is set to sign into law legislation that will allow Arkansas to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for thousands of low-income residents. 

Beebe is expected Tuesday to sign into law bills setting up the "private option" program that supporters have touted as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

The proposal would allow the state to purchase private insurance through an exchange set up through the law. The federal government must still approve Arkansas' plan.

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Affordable Care Act
12:44 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid 'Private Option' Funding Bill Passes Legislature After Clarifications

Senators Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) present amendments to SB 1020 in House committee Wednesday afternoon. Bills and appropriations for the so called private option of Medicaid expansion passed the Arkansas legislature Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas will await federal approval of a plan to provide private health insurance to roughly 250,000 of the state’s working poor with federal money after the state Senate approved a bill allowing the plan to be funded Wednesday night.

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Abortion Lawsuit
10:26 am
Tue April 16, 2013

ACLU of Arkansas Files Lawsuit Challenging 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rita Sklar, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arkansas, announced Tuesday from the state Capitol rotunda that the organization has filed a lawsuit in response to an Arkansas law banning most abortions after 12 weeks.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a federal lawsuit challenging a new abortion law that is among the most restrictive in the country. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

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Affordable Care Act
9:52 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Arkansas House Passes Medicaid Expansion Private Option Funding Bill

Representative Alexander entering the house Tuesday morning.

By a vote of 77 to 23, the Arkansas House passed a bill that would allow funding to a plan to take federal money intended for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and use it for private insurance for the state's adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The funding bill must still me approved by the Senate. It requires a 3/4 majority in both chambers to pass. A bill laying out the plan has passed both the House and Senate with smaller majorities than required for the appropriation bill required to implement the plan.

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