Arkansas Healthcare

Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Arkansas AG OKs Wording Of Medicaid Ballot Measure

The attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to offer private insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday certified the proposed referendum submitted by tea party activist Glenn Gallas on the "private option" law approved earlier this year. McDaniel's certification clears the way for supporters to start gathering the 46,880 signatures needed to place the measure on next year's ballot.

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Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Fri June 7, 2013

UAMS Honors New Physician Assistants

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is sending off its first class from its new physician assistant program.

The medical school is holding a 3 p.m. ceremony Friday in which the 26 students will get their white coats.

By receiving the white coats, students will mark their entry into being health care professionals.

Physician assistants conduct physical exams, order tests and diagnose medical conditions. They also write prescriptions and manage acute illness and chronic disease under a supervising physician.

Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Judge: Group Can't Intervene In Arkansas Abortion Case

A federal judge says an anti-abortion counseling group can't help defend an Arkansas law that bans the procedure 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Thursday denied the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the lawsuit over Arkansas' law that bans most abortions at 12 weeks. Wright has blocked the law's enforcement while it's being challenged in court.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Federal Changes Could Transform The Way Arkansas Medicare Patients Receive Services

A private nonprofit organization that advocates for the improvement of health care in Arkansas is expressing great concern over proposed changes that could have an effect on Medicare patients. 

Ray Hanley is president and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Hanley says his organization has done Medicare quality improvement work for 30 years, but an initiative by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) could negatively impact Medicare recipients and the Foundation’s 190 employees who work statewide. 

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Affordable Care Act
3:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

4 Insurance Companies Interested In Arkansas Exchange

Credit / Arkansas Insurance Department

Four insurance companies have told Arkansas officials they plan to participate in the marketplace that will be created under the federal health care law.

The Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday announced that the companies sent letters of intent to participate in the insurance exchange.

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Minority Health
8:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Anti-Smoking Program Uses Soccer To Target Latinos

A minority health initiative is using soccer as part of a promotion that encourages Hispanic men to quit smoking.

The program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Monday that is launching a public education initiative aimed at Latinos.

The effort encourages Hispanic men to kick the habit and includes a sweepstakes prize of a trip for four to see a soccer game in Dallas.

The initiative uses slogans that urge Latino smokers to quit because its best for the smoker and his family.

Arkansas Abortion Law
6:33 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Asks Court To Uphold 'Heartbeat' Test In Law

Arkansas is defending its 12 week abortion ban in federal court in Little Rock.

Arkansas is asking a federal judge to uphold the part of a state law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy that requires doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before performing the procedure at that point.

The attorney general's office on Friday asked a federal judge to uphold that portion of the law as constitutional while the challenge to the 12-week ban is being considered. A trial has been set for next year on a lawsuit filed by two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Doctors: Keep Group Out Of Arkansas Abortion Case

Opponents of an Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say a counseling group shouldn't be allowed to help defend the new restriction in federal court. 

Two doctors who are suing the state over the 12-week ban asked a federal judge Tuesday to deny Concepts of Truth's request to intervene in the lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state on behalf of the abortion providers.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $16.5M For Exchange

Arkansas lawmakers have approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to move the state closer toward setting up an insurance marketplace under the health care law. 

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Tuesday approved spending the grants for setting up the insurance exchange, which will be run as a partnership between the state and the federal government. 

The state has received more than $43 million total from the federal government for the exchange.

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Local & Regional News
9:00 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Governor Beebe's Weekly Radio Address Focuses On Veterans

Credit Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Governor Mike Beebe asks Arkansans this Memorial Day weekend, to remember those that have died in service to our country.

In his weekly radio address, the governor acknowledges the problems with veteran health care in this country.

He says the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs, led by Colonel Cissy Rucker, is working to improve the care and services offered to veterans.

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