Arkansas Healthcare

Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Mercy Health And CHI To Transfer Mercy Hot Springs

Mercy Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a non-binding letter of intent to transfer ownership of Mercy Hot Springs hospital and physician clinic to CHI and its affiliate, St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock.

The agreement was signed Friday. The parties plan to complete the transaction by Dec. 31 once final terms are agreed to.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deceased Mountain Home Doctor May Have Crafted Largest Medicare Fraud in State History

The late Dr. Stacey Johnson of Mountain Home (inset) once owned and practiced at this medical building, where the alleged Medicare fraud occurred.
Credit Kevin Pieper / Arkansas Business

Efforts continue by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas to recover assets of a cardiologist charged with over billing Medicare by nearly $15 million.

Dr. Stacey Johnson of Mountain Home died earlier this year. A criminal investigator’s affidavit that was recently made public says if he were still alive, criminal charges likely would have been filed against Johnson.

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Local & Regional News
6:09 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Arkansas Exchange Board To Meet As Sign-up Continues

Arkansas Health Connector

The board for Arkansas' insurance exchange is meeting a day after the sign-up period began for the online marketplace that was created under the federal health care law.

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board of Directors planned to meet Wednesday morning at the University of Arkansas System's B. Alan Sugg Boardroom.

The 11-member board was created this year to oversee the operation of the online marketplace where about 500,000 Arkansans are expected to compare policies and purchase insurance under the health overhaul.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Website Troubles Plague Arkansas Signup Event

A guide works with a woman signing up for coverage Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Maggie Carroll KUAR

Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace officially got underway Tuesday, but not without some problems.

Arkansans were invited to the Clinton School of Public Service to learn more about the program, set up as part of the federal healthcare law.

The Arkansas Insurance Department partnered with the school to host the event, to help people learn how much financial assistance they qualify for.

Insurance department Exchange Planning Manager Cynthia Crone, says an overwhelming response kept the enrollment website down much of the day.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Arkansas Launches Online Insurance Marketplace

Arkansas Health Connector

Arkansas is set to launch its online marketplace for insurance under the federal health care law, with thousands of consumers expected to participate in the coming months.

Open enrollment is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the exchange, and state officials say they expect about 500,000 people to use it to compare policies and shop for plans. 

The state Insurance Department has not said how many people they expect to begin on the first day of open enrollment, which runs through March 31.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Arkansas Health Officials Answer Questions About New Insurance Marketplace

State health officials discuss the new Insurance Marketplace, during a forum at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jack Heinritz / KARN

A partial federal government shutdown will not delay efforts to implement Arkansas’s Health Insurance Marketplace, according to state health officials. 

On Tuesday, open enrollment begins for the new online Marketplace and Arkansans will have an opportunity to view and compare different insurance plans, set up a Marketplace account, and buy a plan that best suits their needs. 

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Affordable Care Act & Arkansas
5:09 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Arkansas Prepares To Launch Insurance Market

Arkansas is preparing to implement a key part of the federal health care law with the launch of its online insurance marketplace.

Hundreds of agents, brokers and guides will be prepared Tuesday to help as the state launches its insurance exchange, an online marketplace where consumers can shop for coverage. State insurance officials last week announced the rates for the 71 plans offered by the four companies participating in the exchange.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Holding Hearing On Arkansas Sex Offender Law

A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker's effort to block enforcement of the law while Parker challenges its constitutionality.

The law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year and took effect Aug. 16.

Parker was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but has long maintained his innocence and had his medical license reinstated in 2005.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Congressional Republicans have not been able to reach a consensus on how to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Media reports of a heated discussion in the Senate Republican Conference between John Boozman of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas underscores a growing disagreement in the party over how to tackle “Obamacare.” 

Some in the GOP want to amend the law, while others are willing to defund it even if that means shutting down the government.

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Remarkable Recoveries
1:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

After Beating Rare Infection, Arkansas Girl Goes Home

Kali Hardig, with her parents Joseph and Traci, receives good wishes from Scout, mascot of Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Listen to the report.

After contracting an extremely rare and deadly infection, 12 year-old Kali Hardig of Benton was released from the hospital Wednesday.

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