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Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director
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Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director

Cheryl Smith, the former director of Utah's health insurance exchange, has been hired as the executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The nonprofit organization was created, and compelled to explore the creation of the state's own health insurance marketplace, by the Arkansas Legislature.
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Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.
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Arkansas Sees Rush of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.
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Catholic Health Initiatives Announces Deal to Buy QualChoice Holdings

Catholic Health Initiatives says its subsidiary, Collab Health, has entered a stock-purchase agreement to buy QualChoice Holdings Inc. of Little Rock.
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April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks. read more >

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated. read more >

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012. read more >

NWA Housing Rebound Cheers Homebuilders

The housing collapse and subsequent recession were body blows to housing developments in northwest Arkansas, but now, there are signs of life and hope. read more >

Rebounding Home Sales Grow Real Estate Agency Totals

Resurging home sales boosted the 2013 tally for many a real estate company in Arkansas. A measuring stick of the trend is the combined dollar volume of the 10 largest firms in the state, which grew by 23.4 percent. read more >

Steve Standridge Trial in Western District Delayed Until September

The trial of Steve Standridge, the former insurance agent from Mount Idea, which was scheduled to start April 3 in El Dorado, has been delayed until Sept. 8. read more >

Study: Percent of Uninsured Kids in Arkansas Declines

A new study shows that the percentage of children without health insurance in Arkansas declined from 2008 to 2012. read more >

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November. read more >

CMS Database Shows Medicare Payments to Doctors, Others in 2012

The Wall Street Journal has published a searchable database of information made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The list shows total Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers across the country, including Arkansas, in 2012. read more >

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday. read more >

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