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Jerry Jackson of Heber Springs invites Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz and the rest of Arkansas to not mess with the Lone Star state.
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CHI St. Vincent, Cornerstone Hospital Finalizing Agreement for Long-Term Acute Care

CHI St. Vincent and Cornerstone Hospital of North Little Rock, operated by Cornerstone Healthcare Group of Dallas, Texas, are working out the final details of an agreement that will create 75 jobs and an expanded role for CHG at two CHI St. Vincent locations in central Arkansas.
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Fort Smith Considers Fee Waiver for Osteopathic School

City leaders in Fort Smith are considering whether to waive $63,500 in fees for permits related to the construction of a new medical college.
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Arkansas Requests Changes to 'Private Option'

Arkansas is asking the federal government to allow changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that would require some participants to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would impose new limits on transportation for non-emergency services.
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Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized. read more >

Dr. Dean Kumpuris To Receive Vision Award from World Services for the Blind

Dr. Dean Kumpuris of Little Rock is being recognized for his support of various downtown development projects by the World Services for the Blind Foundation. read more >

Arkansas Holding Annual Prescription Drug Summit

More than 600 medical professionals, pharmacists, law enforcement officers and educators are gathering in Arkansas for the state's third annual summit on prescription drug abuse. read more >

Lawsuit Claims Crittenden Regional Hospital Squandered Employees' Insurance Premiums

Crittenden Regional Hospital of West Memphis, which closed its doors permanently on Sunday, is now the subject of a lawsuit that alleges it misused employee funds intended for health insurance coverage. read more >

Arkansas Groups Launch Effort to Promote Federal Health Law

Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts. read more >

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid Plan Not Revenue-Neutral

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion plan, in which the state uses federal dollars to buy private health insurance for its poorer residents, will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget, according to a government report released Monday. The plan's supporters disputed the findings. read more >

Mike Beebe Appoints 58 to Boards, Commissions

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 58 appointments to state boards and commissions. read more >

Arkansas Private Option Enrollment Keeps Growing

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 194,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents. read more >

Toymaker Redman's Rough History Doesn't Deter State Investment

The state's top economic development official said he has no undue concerns about a $2 million taxpayer investment in Redman & Associates, despite the CEO's bankruptcy a decade ago and subsequent litigation, including a lawsuit related to the product the company is manufacturing in Rogers. read more >

Wehco Media Drops Insurance Bombshell

Wehco Media dropped a bombshell on its employees two weeks ago: Effective Sept. 1, one week after the announcement, they had a choice of having their annual health insurance deductible triple to $3,000 or paying 100 percent of the cost of keeping a policy with a $1,000 deductible. read more >

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