Governor Beebe met House Speaker Davy Carter’s deadline of Friday to submit a draft of legislation to expand Medicaid to about 250-thousand more residents.
Both the Speaker and the Governor’s office call the rough draft just a "framework" for the bill they hope to eventually hammer out.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it calls for establishing an Access Assurance Program—a system for diverting to private insurance companies the new Medicaid money that will flow to the state next year as part of the Affordable Care Act.
The Mexican government is providing a new source of funding to an ongoing collaboration between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. It would provide health services to Mexican people living in Arkansas.
At Thursday's presentation, UAMS and Consulate officials explained how the money will be used.
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.
The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.
State Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson praised the Medicaid expansion provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a telephonic townhall Tuesday night sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Whether or not to accept an expansion of the low-income health insurance program to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty level is currently being debated in the state general assembly.
Arkansas DHS Director John Selig and the state's Medicaid Director Andy Allison told reporters Monday that private insurance would cost only up to 15 percent more than Medicaid coverage for about 250,000 Arkansans earning 100-138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Expansion of health coverage under the so-called “private option” for insuring more Arkansans under the federal health care law may be less expensive than originally thought according to a new estimate.
John Selig, director of the state’s Department of Human Services says the study done with the Arkansas Insurance Department and consulting groups found that in Arkansas specifically, the cost of private insurance coverage would not be nearly as high when compared to Medicaid, as originally expected.
Arkansas Children's Hospital says patients with Aetna health insurance will soon receive in-network care at the hospital and its clinics.
The hospital says it's finalized a contract with Aetna Health Insurance Company so those covered by the insurer can receive in-network rates beginning Friday.
Beth Petlak, the executive director of Children's Healthcare System Physician Hospital Organization, says the arrangement will allow the hospital to reach more families throughout the region. Aetna has more than 60,000 members in Arkansas.
Fetal heartbeat laws are already under consideration by legislatures in Ohio, Kansas and North Dakota, and have a good chance of passage in the coming year, their proponents believe, even though legal experts say they have little chance of surviving in federal courts. Similar proposals are less far along in Kentucky, Mississippi and Wyoming.