Arkansas Healthcare

Health Department
3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Department Of Health Marks 100 Years in Arkansas

Credit Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health is marking 100 years of service in the state.

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Medicaid Arkansas
6:44 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas May Save Millions With Private Insurance Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients. 

The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.  

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Local & Regional News
10:37 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

What's Next For Newly-Passed Abortion Laws In Arkansas?

Some Arkansans are demanding accountability from state lawmakers, and this past weekend they turned out in hundreds to protest recently passed legislation. Protesters gathered at the capitol to express disapproval of newly-passed reproductive laws in Arkansas.

Signs saying things like “may the choice be with you” and “mind your business” floated high above the crowd. Arkansans attended the rally at the capitol this Saturday, they say, in support of women’s rights and, as many protesters noted, human rights in general.

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Local & Regional News
8:36 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Legislature Gets Beebe Draft Of Medicaid Bill

Governor Beebe met House Speaker Davy Carter’s deadline of Friday to submit a draft of legislation to   expand Medicaid to about 250-thousand more residents.

Both the Speaker and the Governor’s office call the rough draft just a "framework" for the bill they hope to eventually hammer out.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it calls for establishing an Access Assurance Program—a system for diverting to private insurance companies the new Medicaid money that will flow to the state next year as part of the Affordable Care Act.          

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mexican Consulate And UAMS Provide Health Services To Latino Population

(L to R) Dean Jim Raczynski, Chancellor Dan Rahn, and Consul David Preciado
Credit Maggie Carroll

The Mexican government is providing a new source of funding to an ongoing collaboration between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. It would provide health services to Mexican people living in Arkansas.

At Thursday's presentation, UAMS and Consulate officials explained how the money will be used. 

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9:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Mexican Consulate Gives Grant To UAMS

The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock is giving a grant from the Mexican government to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health to continue a health program.

Officials are expected to announce more details about the grant during a news conference on Thursday.

Health Rankings
3:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Why Ouachita County Ranked The Least Healthy County In Arkansas


The Arkansas Department of Health says Benton County is ranked the healthiest county in the state.

The annual County Health Rankings takes into account 30 considerations, like dentists in the area, the percentage of adults who smoke and the accessibility of healthy food.

Dr. Joe Bates, the Deputy State Health Officer, said Ouachita County has the least healthy residents in the state.

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Health Insurance Expansion
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

House Speaker Calls For Health Insurance Expansion Proposal This Week

Speaker Carter says it's time to get down to the details on health insurance expansion with the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Hear KUAR's interview with Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter.

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is wanting to see a written draft of a proposal to expand health coverage in the state by Friday.

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Health Insurance Exchanges
10:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Cato Health Expert Tells Arkansas To Abandon Insurance Exchange Plans

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.

The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.

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Local & Regional News
9:30 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Surgeon General Pushes Medicaid Expansion in Telephone Townhall

State Surgeon Gen. Dr. Joe Thompson

State Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson praised the Medicaid expansion provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a telephonic townhall Tuesday night sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Whether or not to accept an expansion of the low-income health insurance program to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty level is currently being debated in the state general assembly.

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