Insurance & Benefits Archive

Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

by Associated Press 4/13/2015 11:41 am

Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage.

Four Ad Agencies Up for State's Breastcare Marketing Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Four Little Rock advertising agencies are in the running for a $235,000 marketing contract with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Bridgeway Hospital Sells for $17.3 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/13/2015 12:00 am

A North Little Rock psychiatric hospital weighed in at $17.3 million. A west Little Rock bowling project scored a $3.02 million transaction. And a 7,605-SF medical office building in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.6 million.

Census Says Arkansans Keen on Marriage

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Seventeen percent of adults in the United States have been married two or more times, according to a March report from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Of all U.S. residents age 15 and older, 13 percent have been married twice and 4 percent have walked down the aisle three or more times.

CJRW Awarded $5.8M Insurance Marketplace Contract

by Sean Beherec 4/8/2015 04:29 pm

The agency beat out two others for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace contract despite not having the lowest bid.

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Unfinished Business From Session

by Associated Press 4/7/2015 11:35 am

Arkansas lawmakers headed home after overseeing tax cuts and prison system reform but have left behind several pieces of unfinished business to be taken up by appointees to various task forces.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Stonebridge Apartments Draw $31M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/6/2015 12:00 am

A 260-unit apartment complex in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $31.58 million. The sale of a west Little Rock Walgreens weighed in at $6.2 million. And an 87,100-SF warehouse in the Little Rock Port area is under new ownership after a $2.55 million transaction.

Home BancShares Buys $289M in Loans, Plans Office in New York

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2015 04:21 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank, said Wednesday that it has purchased $289 million in national commercial real estate loans from JC Flowers & Co. LLC.

Arkansas Budget Bill Boosts Money for Schools, Prisons

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2015 08:22 am

Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid programs are set to receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies will see a 1 percent cut under a nearly $5.2 billion proposed state budget unveiled Friday afternoon.

FEMA's Climate Change Rule Could Make States Liable in Natural Disasters

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

A climate change expert says FEMA's requirement states consider the effects of climate change if they want to receive federal mitigation money was simply “a way to protect the federal treasury by minimizing claims for FEMA money from places that don't take adequate precautions.

Supporting Homegrown Innovation (Michael Singleton Commentary)

by Michael Singleton 3/30/2015 12:00 am

In reality, innovative research with world-changing implications happens every day in our universities and private companies. But what good is the best research discovery, technology or innovation if it never leaves the lab?

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Seeks to Cope With Climate Change

by Jan Cottingham 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Call it what you will, the chief of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Services says that the state is facing a new normal, one in which extreme weather events are occurring more often and with greater intensity.

The Growing World of Emergency Management

by Jan Cottingham 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Climate change and its results are hardly the only challenge facing David Maxwell, chief of the state Department of Emergency Management, which has 90 employees and a budget of $148.4 million.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Obamacare Nostalgia (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Obamacare is 5 years old this week, and that milestone has sent me on a nostalgic journey that dates back a quarter-century.

Rate of Uninsured Americans Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The rate of Americans without insurance has fallen to 13.2 percent as of March 4, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced last week.

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