Arkansas Healthcare

90 Percent Want Care Other Than At A Nursing Home

A survey released Tuesday from AARP finds 91 percent of Arkansans age 50 and older have a desire for services to shift to at-home care rather than at institutions like nursing homes.

Herb Sanderson with AARP Arkansas said state and federal spending on long-term care is an issue the organization for seniors would like to see addressed by electoral candidates.

AARP Poll Results In US Senate Race

The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.

The number of Arkansans enrolled in the private option continues to grow. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said Friday that as of the end of July,192,210 had been determined eligible for the program. Spokeswoman Amy Webb says of those, about 183,000 have completed the enrollment process.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
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Senator John Boozman is touting a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs package signed into law this week as an important move toward resolving systemic problems uncovered in April. 

Boozman met with medical center officials at Little Rock’s John L. McLellan Memorial Veterans Hospital Friday. The Republican from Rogers says he’s confident the state’s VA hospitals in Little Rock and Fayetteville are performing well and that reforms will prove beneficial.

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Arkansas is holding two hearings on proposals to require participants in the state's compromise Medicaid expansion to contribute to health savings accounts and face new limits on emergency transportation.

The Department of Human Services on Thursday plans to hold its first hearing on the proposed changes, which are set to be submitted to the federal government next month.

A new study shows Arkansas outpaced the rest of the United States in reducing the percentage of uninsured residents during the first half of 2014.

The Gallup report released Tuesday says the rate of uninsured adults fell from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in Arkansas by the middle of this year.

"It’s nice for Arkansas to be number one in the nation in something really, really good," said Gov. Mike Beebe, reacting to the report.

Arkansas is proposing requiring many participants in the state's compromise Medicaid expansion contribute monthly to health savings accounts and new limits on transportation for non-emergency services.

State officials on Friday released their proposed changes to the state's "private option," which was created last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Two public hearings are planned next week as the state is preparing to submit the proposal to the federal government in September.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has opened a new neighborhood clinic in west Little Rock. 

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Radiologists at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences are now using 3-D Mammogram technology that they say can uncover some previously undetectable breast cancers. Dr. Sharp Malak specializes in breast imaging at UAMS. He says traditional 2-D mammography couldn’t always detect every cancer and could sometimes detect abnormalities that end up being false positives. With the 3-D technology, known as Tomosynthesis, he says that has changed.

Arkansas’s eligibility for subsidies through the federal health exchange isn’t being immediately impacted by contradictory federal court rulings over the Affordable Care Act.

In one, a three judge panel in Washington, DC said subsidies that cover low income workers can only be paid in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges. But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA came to the opposite conclusion.  Arkansas has not set up its own exchange.