Insurance & Benefits Archive

Applications for US Jobless Aid Stay Near Historic Lows

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 08:13 am

The number of people seeking unemployment aid was unchanged last week, a sign that most businesses are reluctant to cut jobs.

Joey Parker Named New Agent at Insurance Advantage; ABCBS Promotes Two (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Joey Parker has joined Insurance Advantage in Jacksonville as an authorized life and health insurance agent. He was previously an assistant vice president and branch manager for Bank of the Ozarks.

QualChoice Self-Insurance Plan Targets Small Employers

by Jan Cottingham 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Obamacare is causing employers to rethink the health insurance plans they offer workers, and QualChoice has a new product to take advantage of the flexibility companies are seeking.

New Holding Company Prepares Arkansas Mutual for Expansion

by Gwen Moritz 11/9/2015 12:00 am

A.M. Best Co.'s succinct announcement that Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. had achieved an A rating was the culmination of two years of work by the Arkansas-only medical malpractice carrier to get ahead of a changing market.

John Hancock Insurance Loan to Scooter Stuart Gains New Life in Lawsuit

by George Waldon 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Layton "Scooter" Stuart received a $20 million life insurance policy with his family trusts as the beneficiaries. His alleged abuse of the trusts and his borrowing privileges on the policy are the basis of a federal lawsuit headed for trial in February.

National Flood Insurance Program Helps Protect Arkansans

by Marty Cook 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Residents of NFIP communities are eligible to buy flood insurance from the federal government at premiums dictated by factors that include what kind of floodplain the structure is located on and how elevated the structure is.

Willing To Be Persuaded (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/9/2015 12:00 am

The recent news that four hospital systems and the state's dominant health insurance company have formed a “shared services organization” was greeted triumphantly — by the organizations involved.

Planned Parenthood: No Hearing Needed on Expanding Suit

by Associated Press 11/6/2015 03:57 pm

Planned Parenthood says it doesn't believe a hearing is needed on its request to expand a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to block Medicaid funds to the organization over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Arkansas Bar Endorses Stephens Insurance

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/5/2015 02:29 pm

The Arkansas Bar Association announced this week that Stephens Insurance of Little Rock is the association's exclusive endorsed provider of various insurance lines.

Heber Springs Company Buys Rogers Office Building

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

A 9,920-SF office building at 3612 Southern Hills Blvd. in Rogers sold for $1.45 million.

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Picks Patrick West for Safety (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Patrick West previously served as safety and environmental training manager at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and as safety manager and senior safety engineer at Borden Chemicals & Plastics in Geismar, Louisiana.

Five Arkansas Health Organizations Form Partnership

by Alexis Hosticka 10/29/2015 12:30 pm

Five Arkansas health-related organizations announced Thursday that they have formed The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, a shared services organization they say will improve health care quality and lower costs.

Goodwill Names Heather Haywood VP of Corporate Communications

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/29/2015 09:07 am

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas on Thursday named Heather Haywood vice president of corporate communications.

Small Business Health Insurance Program Launched

by Alexis Hosticka 10/28/2015 09:52 am

Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will launch Arkansas SHOP, the small business health insurance options program state-based marketplace at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1.

In 2016, Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Up 4.3 Percent in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2015 09:40 am

Average premiums on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will go up 4.3 percent in 2016 from 2015, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wal-Mart Seeks to Test Drones for Home Delivery, Pickup

by Nathan Layne, Reuters 10/27/2015 07:19 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories.

Wal-Mart Lawsuits Continue Over Tracy Morgan Accident

by Mark Friedman 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart's settlement of the lawsuit over events involving the 2014 vehicle wreck that injured comedian Tracy Morgan didn't end the legal fight.

Nurse Practitioners & Health Care (Zachary Helms Commentary)

by Zachary Helms 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Nurse practitioners, or NPs, have different cost structures than physicians and are more likely to be drawn to rural areas as a result. Yet the current practice environment restricts the ability of NPs to provide care.

Follow The Money (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/19/2015 12:00 am

Adjuncts aren't paid well enough. Depending on the size of the class and depending on the subject, the pay can truly be less than minimum wage.

Adjunct Professors' Low Pay A Savings For Colleges

by Mark Friedman 10/19/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Business surveyed more than a dozen public colleges and universities across the state and found adjunct salaries paid generally between $2,000 and $2,500 at four-year schools.


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