Insurance & Benefits Archive

Property Broker Bob Cooper Jr. Says Fort Smith Supports Its Retail

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/8/2019 12:00 am

Bob Cooper Jr., the partner in Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties, says Fort Smith is experiencing growth throughout the city.

Arkansas House Votes 75-18 to Keep Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/2/2019 02:38 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have voted to keep the state's Medicaid expansion another year, days after the program's future appeared in limbo following a court decision blocking the state from enforcing a work requirement.

As Nursing Jobs Go Unfilled, Crunch Getting Worse

by Kyle Massey 4/1/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas needs nurses, but as a severe shortage persists nationwide, there's no simple call button to push.

Hot Jobs: Solar Ranked as Fastest-Growing Occupation

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2019 12:00 am

Renewable energy and health care top the list of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States in 2016-26, as predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Vested Interest (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/1/2019 12:00 am

Should Arkansans whose income makes them eligible for Arkansas Works, our unique approach to the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, be required to work in order to receive health insurance?

Arkansas' Medicaid Plan in Jeopardy After Work Rule Decision

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/29/2019 01:28 pm

An effort to keep Arkansas' Medicaid expansion has failed in the state House, two days after a federal judge blocked a requirement that those on the program work in order to keep their coverage.

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules in Arkansas, Kentucky

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press 3/27/2019 06:02 pm

The Trump administration's efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency were dealt a blow Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermined the program's mission of providing health care for the needy.

Budget Committee Endorses Reauthorizing Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 3/27/2019 06:43 am

A legislative panel has endorsed keeping Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year despite uncertainty about a federal lawsuit challenging the program's work requirement.

Mentor Helped Pull Strings for Builder Richard Harp

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/25/2019 12:00 am

Richard Harp of Richard Harp Homes says over-communication is a key to his custom-building success.

Northwest Arkansas' Most Expensive Home Sales of 2018

by Marty Cook 3/25/2019 12:00 am

Fayetteville showed strength in the expensive home competition in 2018, but Benton County still rules the northwest Arkansas roost.

Pulaski County's Most Expensive Home Sales of 2018

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2019 12:00 am

Last year, 29 homes sold for $1 million or more, down from the 33 homes purchased in 2017, which was the highest number since Arkansas Business began tracking them in 2004.

UCA Chief of Staff Leaving For New, Old Post

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/19/2019 09:27 am

Kelley Erstine, chief of staff and vice president of university relations for the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, is leaving that post, effective Aug. 15.

Trying Again on Revised Overtime Rules (Missy McJunkins Duke Commentary)

by Missy McJunkins Duke 3/18/2019 12:00 am

The statistical reality of the the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime proposal is that Arkansas employees earn lower wages than much of the country, meaning Arkansas employers are more likely than employers in other parts of the country to feel the effects of an increase.

Arkansas Ranks Low in Economic Clout of Women-Owned Businesses

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/18/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas ranks in the bottom 11 states in terms of the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express. (Eleven states were included because of ties.)

Need Cannabis Marketing? Perhaps This Bud's for You

by Kyle Massey 3/11/2019 12:00 am

Elizabeth Michael has teamed up with Martin Thoma of Thoma Thoma to create Bud Agency, the marketing and PR firm devoted to the new medical marijuana industry.

HR, Meet THC: Bosses Told to Prepare for Cannabis

by Kyle Massey 3/11/2019 12:00 am

Medical marijuana is now legal in Arkansas and due to hit the market in six weeks. Lawyers, compliance professionals and the Society for Human Resource Management are warning companies to get ready.

Secret Schwyhart Settlement Unveiled

by George Waldon 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Litigation involving a small fleet of corporate jets loaded with debt evaporated on Oct. 23, 2013. For Bill Schwyhart, the settlement with billionaire John Calamos marked an epic payday of several million dollars that restored the financial fortunes of the once high-flying northwest Arkansas developer.

Chenal Rehabilitation Sells For $5.9M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/25/2019 12:00 am

An affiliate of Stein & Associates of Fort Smith bought the Chenal Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center at 3115 S. Bowman Road.

Mitchell Williams Adds Padgett, Read and Strickland (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Rachael Padgett, Nathan Read and Stanton Strickland have been named members of Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard in Little Rock.

Stephanie Shine Sheds Light on Employment Retention Strategies

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Stephanie Shine, the vice president for Robert Half Finance & Accounting, says soft skills are increasingly important for accounting professionals.