Arkansas Healthcare

Coverage so far has ended for 60,348 Arkansans served by the private option and traditional Medicaid, but of those, 11,292 had their coverage reinstated after it was determined they were eligible.

Asa Hutchinson governor
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking a panel to put the state's plans to establish its own insurance exchange on hold as lawmakers look at the future of the state's Medicaid expansion.

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Patients in Arkansas could establish a relationship with a doctor through a real-time audiovisual visit instead of an in-person visit under proposed regulations described by the State Medical Board Telemedicine Advisory Committee Wednesday.

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Should patients be able to receive medical care over the internet from a doctor with whom they’ve never had a face-to-face meeting? Under current Arkansas law, they can’t. 

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and supporters
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A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Thursday for a temporary restraining order or injunction against the cancelation of its Medicaid contract in Arkansas.

A former West Memphis city councilman has admitted to being an intermediary who helped pass bribes to the former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Former councilman Phillip Carter pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy charge. The deputy director, Steven Jones, pled guilty last October to conspiracy and bribery charges for providing assistance two mental health companies in exchange for gifts.

Trinity Behavioral Health Care and Maxus Inc. were suspended from the state's Medicaid program last year after the state learned of the scheme.

State Representative Kim Hammer (R-Benton).
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An Arkansas legislative committee voted unanimously Wednesday to subpoena a federal Medicaid official about the state’s Medicaid enrollment and eligibility systems contracts. 

The combined impact of proposed mergers among four of the nation’s largest health insurance companies would exceed federal antitrust guidelines designed to preserve competition in as many as 97 metropolitan areas within 17 states, according to new special report on commercial health insurance markets issued recently by the American Medical Association (AMA).

David Sanders
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A state legislator is asking a panel to hold off on looking at vendors for Arkansas' insurance exchange as lawmakers weigh the future of the state's Medicaid expansion and health care system.

Republican Sen. David Sanders on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board of Directors to delay releasing its request for qualifications for information technology vendors for the insurance exchange. Sanders co-chairs the marketplace's legislative oversight committee.

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