Health Care Archive

Arkansas Faces Challenge in Trying to Revamp Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 01:20 pm

The program's fate is expected to become clearer this week, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set to deliver a speech Thursday on the future of health care in Arkansas that will also address his plans for the private option.

Mayberry, Irvin Bill Would Require Doctors to Give Abortion Pill in Person

by Associated Press 1/15/2015 02:34 pm

A new anti-abortion bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature would require women to take abortion-inducing medication in the presence of the doctor and have a follow-up checkup days afterward.

Hutchinson to Give Inaugural Address as Arkansas Governor

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 11:40 am

Republican Asa Hutchinson took the oath of office to become the 46th governor of Arkansas on Tuesday, finalizing the GOP's takeover of a Southern state once considered a Democratic holdout, but facing a potentially divisive debate over Medicaid expansion.

State Sen. David Sanders on the 'Stop-Gap' Private Option, Health Care Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

David Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013, when he helped craft the state's private option, which uses federal money to purchase private insurance for poor Arkansans.

Tammy Passafiume Cuts Into Diamond Lakes Federal as President/CEO (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Tammy Passafiume has been named president and CEO of Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union in Malvern. She has 23 years of credit union experience and was previously president and CEO of River Valley Federal Credit Union in Camden.

Health Care, Not Socialism, Important (James Hargis Feedback)

by James Hargis 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Insurance is, of course, not free — and this program is very “front loaded” for a very bad “entrapment.” Health care is certainly important — as is life — but socialism is not the way. We are not supposed to be “helping hospitals,” but people.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Tim Irby Leaves UAMS for Revamped Irby Advertising

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Tim Irby, who has worked in the communications and marketing department of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for 19 years, is leaving to reopen his dormant advertising agency.

Transportation Companies in Arkansas Put Focus on Drivers' Health Into Maximum Overdrive

by Marty Cook 1/12/2015 12:00 am

A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health revealed that long-haul drivers are twice as likely to smoke or be obese as the average working adult. Drivers also were more likely to have risk factors that could lead to chronic diseases.

Former Employees, Patients of Closed Crittenden Regional Hospital Leave Town

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 12:00 am

The ripple effects from the closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital in September and the bankruptcy of the nonprofit that operated it have been felt across eastern Arkansas and into Tennessee.

Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics Expanding in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Doctors, retailers and hospitals have been opening urgent care facilities or walk-in clinics to lure patients with non-life-threatening injuries away from hospital emergency rooms in a trend that has been slow to arrive in Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson's Capital to be Tested Quickly (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:46 pm

After winning election by double digits and seeing his party expand its grip on the state Legislature, incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson could easily claim he has political capital to cash in as he prepares to take Arkansas' top office.

Asa Hutchinson Wants to Keep Focus on Jobs as He Takes Office

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:37 pm

After a heated campaign where he touted himself as the candidate best prepared to be the "jobs governor," Republican Asa Hutchinson says boosting Arkansas' economy will be his focus as he takes over the state's top office.

AP Guide to the 2015 Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:31 pm

The Arkansas Legislature convenes Monday for its regular legislative session. A new governor takes office on Tuesday.

Fayetteville Health Management Firm Sold

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2015 11:17 am

TrestleTree Inc., of Fayetteville, which provides health management services to large employers, has been sold to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Asa Hutchinson Wants Broader Discussion on Health Care

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/7/2015 01:22 pm

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants to take a broader look at Arkansas' role in health care that goes beyond whether the state should continue its compromise Medicaid expansion.

Asa Hutchinson, Legislative Leaders Talk Session Issues

by Lee Hogan 1/6/2015 02:35 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says it makes sense for the Legislature to address his tax cut proposal early in the upcoming legislative session, and says he expects quick action from the state's lawmakers.

Mike Beebe's Legacy Linked to Health Care (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Associated Press 1/5/2015 09:01 am

During his successful bid for governor in 2006, Mike Beebe rarely mentioned health care in a campaign that often focused on school funding and tax cuts. As he's preparing to leave office, the two-term Democrat is finding that his legacy could be shaped by the issue.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Mayflower-Vilonia Tornado is Top AP Story of 2014

by Associated Press 1/1/2015 09:39 pm

Arkansas' worst natural disaster of 2014 has been selected by Associated Press members as the state's top news story of the year, edging out the Republican dominance in the midterm elections and court decisions that opened the door to marriages between same-sex couples.