Arkansas Healthcare

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

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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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Local & Regional News
12:52 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Groups Try To Improve Arkansas Nursing Homes Through Evaluation And Training

LtoR: . Julie Kettlewell and Betty Bennett discuss some of the progress being made to improve nursing home care.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Officials with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care are touting efforts underway to improve nursing homes in the state.

Through the nonprofit’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program, teams of experts are providing on-site assistance to Medicaid-qualified nursing homes and additional training for employees certain facilities.

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Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Former President Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at his presidential library in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton to help build support for the federal health care law as a key phase of the reform nears.

He made a detailed argument in Little Rock for why it needs to be implemented.

Speaking to an invitation-only crowd at the Clinton Presidential Center, the former president said opponents of the Afford Care Act have been effective at building opposition to the law.

"I’m still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care," he said.

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Local & Regional News
6:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Clinton To Defend Health Care Law With Arkansas Speech

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state to defend the federal health care overhaul as a key part of the 2010 overhaul nears implementation.

Clinton is scheduled Wednesday to speak about the law at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock. 

His speech comes less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law's success or failure.

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Arkansas & The Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Thursday were scheduled to meet jointly and discuss the state's "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

The Legislature earlier this year approved the plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
9:37 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Arkansas Nursing Homes Receive A Failing Grade In National Survey

Elderly residents wait in the hallway of a nursing home.

A new national report card by a nonprofit nursing home resident advocacy group gives failing marks to elder care facilities in Arkansas.

Families for Better Care, a Florida-based group; scored, ranked, and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from staffing shortages to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

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Health News
3:25 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Girl Fighting Rare Brain Infection Can Now Speak

A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been battling a rare and often-fatal infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba is now able to say a few words.

Kali Hardig was diagnosed last month with an infection caused by an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.

Health officials say there were 128 reported infections in the United States between 1962 and 2012.

Before Kali, doctors could only point to one known survivor in the U.S. and another in Mexico.

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Local & Regional News
3:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Delta Region Awarded Grant To Improve Healthcare

The Delta Region has been awarded $6.2 million to fund projects to promote healthy living in the workplace.

The Delta Regional Authority and Health Resources Services Administration awarded the funds through their Delta States Rural Development Grant Program to multiple counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Authority Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill says a healthy workforce is vital to the strength of the Delta Region.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Effort Underway On Arkansas Health Care Expansion

Officials have begun making presentations to inform businesses and individuals about how expanded availability of health care insurance coverage will affect people in Arkansas.

Instead of expanding the Medicaid program, the Legislature opted to use federal money to enable poorer residents to buy health insurance.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement held a presentation Friday in Fort Smith to explain how the program will be put into action.

Open enrollment for people eligible for the program begins Oct. 1.

Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

UAMS, St. Vincent Call Off Talks For Strategic Alliance

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and St. Vincent Health System are announcing they've reached the end of talks to explore a strategic alliance.

UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor says the two institutions had been in talks for over a year.

She says despite the efforts of everyone involved, neither entity has been able to come up with a plan that would meet the goals of both institutions.

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