Arkansas Healthcare

Rabies Alert
4:01 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Arkansas Department Of Health Issues Rabies Alert For Skunks


State health officials are warning the public of an outbreak of rabies in Arkansas.

Over 60 rabid animals have been tested positive for rabies so far in 2013.

Most have been skunks, with three reported in Pulaski County.

Dr. Susan Weinstein, the state public health veterinarian, says the best way people can protect themselves is to vaccinate their dogs, cats, horses and livestock.

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Affordable Care Act
3:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas House OKs Medicaid 'Private Option,' Plan Still Needs Appropriation

Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) said their are drastic costs to health care for Arkansas if lawmakers reject a plan to increase private health insurance in the state with federal Medicaid money.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  The Arkansas House is expected to vote Friday on whether to let the state spend the money to implement the private option of health insurance expansion for low income Arkansans.

Thursday it approved one bill that sets up the plan, but the plan's appropriation is expected to be much harder to pass.

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Affordable Care Act
9:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas 'Private Option' Vote Thought Safe, Its Appropriation Less So

The Arkansas House is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide private health insurance coverage with federal money for low income Arkansans. The plan's implementation hinges on a tougher vote expected Friday.

The vote to enable the expansion is expected to pass the House with the needed 51 votes. Approval is easier than allowing the expansion to be funded, which takes a budget appropriation requiring 75 votes.

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Affordable Care Act
7:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

'Private Option' For Medicaid Expansion Will Get A Vote In Arkansas House

Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) said to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Tuesday that the best option for Arkansans once the Affordable Care Act is fully in effect will be to have the "private option" of Medicaid insurance expansion in place.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The state House will get to vote on legislation that would allow the state to provide health insurance to roughly 250,000 low income Arkansans after the House public health committee advanced it Tuesday.

There was audible opposition to the voice vote, but the bill will make it to the full House, where it will need 51 votes for approval. However, it will also need a budget appropriation for full implementation and that takes a tougher 75 votes.

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Health Insurance Expansion
7:17 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Private Option As Medicaid Innovation

Republican Representative John Burris of Harrison told his colleagues in the Arkansas House on Monday that the state could be an example to other states of how to overhaul Medicaid if it approves a new private option of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The House met Monday specifically to discuss a bill that would allow the state to expand health coverage through private insurance for roughly 250,000 Arkansans who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money.

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USDA Health Care Grants
6:44 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Arkansas Groups May Benefit From USDA Health Care Grants


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications for $3 million worth of health care projects for communities of up to 50,000 people in Arkansas and seven other states in the Delta region.

Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager says the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program covers 252 counties and parishes. The best proposals will get grants of $50,000 and up.

The money can be used for health care cooperatives, services, education and job training. Applications are due May 28.

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Affordable Care Act
4:58 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Letter Shows Federal Support For Arkansas' 'Private Option' Continues

Governor Mike Beebe speaking to reporters about a letter of approval from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas has received written approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to forge a new plan to expand health insurance in the state. 

Governor Mike Beebe released a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday that said the state should move forward on its loose plan to expand private health insurance coverage with federal money available through the Affordable Care Act.

Our content partner TalkBusiness Arkansas has posted the full letter.

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Local & Regional News
3:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Health Department Says Decontamination Efforts In Mayflower Could Take Weeks

The Arkansas Health Department says it could be weeks before Mayflower residents can return to their homes because of Friday’s oil spill.

An ExxonMobil pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and the company is currently working to clean it up.

Ed Barham, a spokesman for the health department, says the crew has to safely remove and transport the contaminated soil away from the neighborhood.

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UAMS Area Health Education Centers
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

UAMS Renames Local Health Centers Across Arkansas

The UAMS campus in Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has renamed its eight Area Health Education Centers across the state. The centers known as AHECs provide health education programs and some also have primary care clinics. 

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4:49 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

E. coli Case Reported in Arkansas, Frozen Food Products Recalled

Lead in text: 
A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 15 cases of E. coli, including one in the Natural State. An investigation led officials to believe the source of the outbreak is from "Farm Rich" brand frozen food products, including chicken quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices, and several other frozen, partially cooked snacks.