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Farmers Dismayed As New  Farm Bill Dumps Direct Payments
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Farmers Dismayed As New Farm Bill Dumps Direct Payments

The threatened end of cash subsidies to the nation's row crop farmers dates back through at least the last two iterations of national agriculture policy legislation. That threat became real, though, earlier this year when Congress passed the newest Farm Bill.
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Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Premiums to Drop

The state program that provides private insurance to poor Arkansas residents will see a 2 percent decrease in premium costs next year, the governor's office said Tuesday.
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Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

Dawn Stehle has been named the state's Medicaid director. She will have the interim tag taken off her title, a distinction she's held since June 1. The Arkansas Department of Human Services conducted a national search for the spot.
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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

A legal case between Dr. Eren Erdem and Dr. Scott Schlesinger serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of having a contract in place and how quickly a friendship can sour when money is involved. read more >

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

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month. read more >

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Opening Retail Store in Hot Springs

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield is opening its third health insurance retail store, known as ArkansasBlue, across the street from CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs. read more >

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business' list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state. read more >

Scooter Stuart's Tainted Assets Draw More Fire

This year's number of new lawsuits surrounding the controversial business affairs of the late Layton “Scooter” Stuart indicates the rancor is only growing. read more >

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July. read more >

Health Law Factors into Governor's, Senate Races in Arkansas

Running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, Mark Pryor and Mike Ross find themselves under attack on the health care reform law and attempting to navigate around it as they struggle to prevent a complete Republican takeover of the state's top offices. read more >

State Agriculture Officials: Money at Stake in Turner Grain Could Reach $50M

Officials in Arkansas' agriculture industry think at least $20 million and possibly upwards of $50 million could be involved in the still-unfolding financial drama between Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and the Arkansas farmers who could go without payment for their crops. read more >

Beebe, Other Southern Governors Tout Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

Three governors who expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul said Saturday there are economic and moral arguments for embracing a key part of the law, despite strong political opposition in their southern states. read more >

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