Arkansas Healthcare

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6:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General Launches Website

After the Arkansas Legislature passed a law earlier this year creating a new office of the Medicaid Inspector General, the agency has been setting up it independent operations and has recently created

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Affordable Care Act
5:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Legislative Audit Committee Approves Check Of Arkansas' New Private Option

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee went back and forth Friday morning about why they are requesting the Division of Legislative Audit to complete a special report on the state's very new private option Medicaid expansion plan.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The state’s Division of Legislative Audit will conduct a special report for lawmakers to assess the early days of enrollment into Arkansas’s Private Option Medicaid expansion plan.

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee approved the special report Friday.

Supporters of the Private Option, including Representative Reginald Murdoch, asked whether the audit report of such a new program was meant to hamper its implementation.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Arkansas Signs Up 62,000 People For State Health Insurance

More than 66,000 Arkansans have applied for health insurance under the state's expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The state's Medicaid director told legislators on Thursday that of those, just over 62,000 applications have been approved. 

The Public Health Committee also heard from state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, whose office says there are 71 available health plans from four insurance companies.

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Local & Regional News
6:05 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas Senate President Names 4 To Insurance Panel

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Ron Breeding / KUAR News

Senate President Michael Lamoureux has named four lawmakers to a task force created as part of a package of laws aimed at overhauling and increasing funding to the health insurance program for thousands of public school teachers. 

Lamoureux on Tuesday named Republican Sens. Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers and David Sanders of Little Rock and Democratic Sens. Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock and Eddie Cheatham of Crossett to the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task force. 

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Local & Regional News
10:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Beebe Says He'll Call Special Session On Teacher Insurance Fix

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are expected to convene for a special session Thursday afternoon to address health insurance increases for the state’s public school employees. 

Governor Mike Beebe will issue an official call for the special session later Wednesday. 

A 50 percent hike in insurance premiums for public school employees was set to take effect January 1, if lawmakers were unable to rally enough votes in support of a short term fix that would cap premium increases at 10 percent.

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Local & Regional News
12:05 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Thousands Of Arkansans Enroll In “Private Option” Health Insurance Program

Officials with the state’s Department of Human Services are releasing figures on the number of Arkansans who want to enroll in the “private option” health insurance program. 

According to data released Tuesday, after two weeks of enrollment efforts, over 56,000 adults have expressed an interest in joining the new program.

Amy Webb with DHS says these figures differ from enrollment numbers for the AR Health Connector web portal.

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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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