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Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Licensing Delays
Jay Bradford

Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Licensing Delays

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the commission's conversion to a new system will mean a delay in issuing appointments, license renewals and the issuing of new licenses.
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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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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.
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Matt Lile Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Agrees to 1-Year Prison Sentence

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Lawsuit Claims Crittenden Regional Hospital Squandered Employees' Insurance Premiums

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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 >

Arkansas Private Option Enrollment Keeps Growing

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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 >

Arvest Forecloses on Downtown LR Building Owned by Matt Lile

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Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities. read more >

Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

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Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not'

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