Arkansas Healthcare

Abortion Legislation
2:15 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto, OKs 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) said lawmakers were responding to the people of Arkansas when they voted for the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overridden by a vote of 56 to 33 the Governor’s veto of a controversial bill that restricts abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill will take effect 90 days after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session after the Senate voted 20-14 to override the veto Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway is the sponsor of SB 134, also called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. It prohibits a pregnant woman from having an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Abortion Legislation
6:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Analysis: 12-Week Abortion Ban May Stand After Ark. Senate Veto Override

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe is taking overrides of his vetos by the Republican-majority legislature in stride. He told press last week, lawmakers have to vote their mind.

Veto overrides in Arkansas: uncommon, but not rare.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

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Little Rock Marathon
3:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Little Rock Marathon Expected To Bring In $5 Million

Credit littlerockmarathon.com

Over 13,000 people are expected to be joining the 2013 Lucky themed Little Rock Marathon this weekend.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Sharon Lee, a spokeswoman for the marathon, says among the runners, all 50 states will be represented this year as well as 30 foreign countries.

“The tourists that it brings into the city of Little Rock this one weekend will probably contribute about $5 million to the economy here in the city of Little Rock,” said Lee.

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Abortion Legislation
2:11 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

12-Week Abortion Ban Heads To The Governor's Desk

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) and Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) present their bill banning most abortions after 12-weeks in House committee. The bill is now on the Governor's desk.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

The Arkansas Senate is advancing a bill to Governor Mike Beebe that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  This comes immediately after the upper chamber voted Thursday morning to override the Governor’s veto of a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks.

Representative Andy Mayberry, a Republican from Hensley, sponsored the 20-week ban. He says it’s been a personal mission.

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Abortion Legislation
4:16 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed HB 1037, also known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent," the Governor said in a written statement Tuesday.

Abortion Legislation
3:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Beebe Vetoes With Praise, Calls Darr's Signature Usurpation

A bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks may still have a chance, even after the Governor vetoed it Tuesday.

Governor Mike Beebe may have vetoed Representative Andy Mayberry’s 20-week abortion ban, but not before singing the Hensley Republican’s praises for asking Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr not to sign it while the Governor was out of the state.

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Medicaid
4:26 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Governor Heading Back From D.C. With Medicaid Answers

Governor Mike Beebe is heading back from Washington DC, and with him are answers to lawmakers’ questions about the state’s options for expanding Medicaid under the Federal health care law.

The Governor, a Democrat, supports expansion, but some Republicans want more flexibility in the plan.

Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville says he and his colleagues want to see more private insurance options.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Receives $42 Million Health Care Grant

Governor Mike Beebe met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington DC this Friday to discuss how low-income Arkansans can purchase insurance without going on expanded Medicaid. 

Arkansas is one of six states to be awarded a $42 million dollar grant for a new health care initiative. Beebe says the plan will address preventative care, as well as existing chronic conditions. 

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Among Six States To Receive $42 Million Health Care Grant

Governor Mike Beebe met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington DC this Friday to discuss how low-income Arkansans can purchase insurance without going on expanded Medicaid. 

Arkansas is one of six states to be awarded a $42 million dollar grant for a new health care initiative. Beebe says the plan will address preventative care, as well as existing chronic conditions. 

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Abortion Legislation
2:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Abortion Bills Advance To Arkansas House For Final Vote

The Arkansas House of Representatives is set to vote on two controversial abortion bans, possibly later this week, after a committee approved the legislation Tuesday.

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