Arkansas Healthcare

David M. Clark Center for safe and healthy children at arkansas children's hospital
Arkansas Children's Hospital

The Clark Family Foundation is donating $2.5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital to "support programs and services for abused and neglected children," including the David M. Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children.

Medical Marijuana
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The final results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll indicate strong support among Arkansas voters for medical marijuana. 

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a Texas abortion law has advocacy organizations in Arkansas evaluating their approach to reproductive rights in the Natural State.

A Kentucky company is spending $39 million to acquire an Arkansas state program that provides home health care to thousands of people.

The Arkansas Department of Health on Monday announced that the state signed an agreement with Kindred Healthcare, Inc. to acquire the state's in-home health care operations. State officials last year announced they were phasing out the program, provides in-home services such as health care and hospice, and shifting it to a private provider.

Medical Marijuana
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Backers of one of three marijuana-related proposals vying for the November ballot in Arkansas turned in dozens of boxloads of petitions to the Secretary of State's office Monday. Now it's up to officials to determine if there are enough legitimate signatures for it to be placed before voters.

Speaking to supporters in the Capitol Rotunda, organizer Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care argued the benefits are clear.

Medical Marijuana
Arkansans for Compassionate Care

The wording for three  ballot initiatives concerning marijuana have been approved by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Two would allow medicinal use of the drug while the third would legalize all forms of the cannabis plant. Now backers of the proposals are gathering signatures.

Four years ago voters narrowly defeated a similar proposal. “The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act” was rejected by about 30,000 votes, 51-to-49 percent.

UAMS campus in Little Rock.
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Talk Business and Politics reports

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is about to embark on a critical time for revenue, Dr. Dan Rahn, the school’s chancellor, told members of a newly formed “Friends of UAMS” chapter in Fort Smith.

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A new report by the United Health Foundation shows that Arkansas is among the unhealthiest states for seniors, mainly due to the high prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and food insecurity.

Baptist Health Medical Center

Some Arkansas doctors are concerned about an effort that would allow non-physician personnel to broaden their scope of practice into areas previously only available to licensed physicians.  

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Four of the five insurers offering policies on Arkansas' insurance marketplace next year under the federal health law have proposed rate increases of at least 10 percent.

The Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday said QualChoice Life and Health, QCA Health Plan Inc., Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association have each proposed the rate increases. The department says Ambetter has proposed a rate increase below 10 percent.

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