Insurance & Benefits Archive

Creditors Urge Acme Liquidation, Auction of Allied Bank Stock

by George Waldon 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Three of the largest creditors of Acme Holding Co. want to see its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to Chapter 7 liquidation.

Asa Hutchinson's Energy of Change Easier Said Than Done (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 01:29 pm

Asa Hutchinson urged Arkansans to embrace the "energy of change" when he was sworn in as the 46th governor of a state where his Republican party used to struggle. Getting them to embrace the messiness that comes with change will be the tough sell.

Arkansas Faces Challenge in Trying to Revamp Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 01:20 pm

The program's fate is expected to become clearer this week, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set to deliver a speech Thursday on the future of health care in Arkansas that will also address his plans for the private option.

Hutchinson to Give Inaugural Address as Arkansas Governor

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 11:40 am

Republican Asa Hutchinson took the oath of office to become the 46th governor of Arkansas on Tuesday, finalizing the GOP's takeover of a Southern state once considered a Democratic holdout, but facing a potentially divisive debate over Medicaid expansion.

State Sen. David Sanders on the 'Stop-Gap' Private Option, Health Care Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

David Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013, when he helped craft the state's private option, which uses federal money to purchase private insurance for poor Arkansans.

Health Care, Not Socialism, Important (James Hargis Feedback)

by James Hargis 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Insurance is, of course, not free — and this program is very “front loaded” for a very bad “entrapment.” Health care is certainly important — as is life — but socialism is not the way. We are not supposed to be “helping hospitals,” but people.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics Expanding in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Doctors, retailers and hospitals have been opening urgent care facilities or walk-in clinics to lure patients with non-life-threatening injuries away from hospital emergency rooms in a trend that has been slow to arrive in Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson's Capital to be Tested Quickly (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:46 pm

After winning election by double digits and seeing his party expand its grip on the state Legislature, incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson could easily claim he has political capital to cash in as he prepares to take Arkansas' top office.

Asa Hutchinson Wants to Keep Focus on Jobs as He Takes Office

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:37 pm

After a heated campaign where he touted himself as the candidate best prepared to be the "jobs governor," Republican Asa Hutchinson says boosting Arkansas' economy will be his focus as he takes over the state's top office.

AP Guide to the 2015 Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:31 pm

The Arkansas Legislature convenes Monday for its regular legislative session. A new governor takes office on Tuesday.

Asa Hutchinson Wants Broader Discussion on Health Care

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/7/2015 01:22 pm

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants to take a broader look at Arkansas' role in health care that goes beyond whether the state should continue its compromise Medicaid expansion.

Asa Hutchinson, Legislative Leaders Talk Session Issues

by Lee Hogan 1/6/2015 02:35 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says it makes sense for the Legislature to address his tax cut proposal early in the upcoming legislative session, and says he expects quick action from the state's lawmakers.

Stephens Insurance Acquires Jonesboro Operation from Centennial

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2015 08:30 am

Stephens Insurance LLC of Little Rock has acquired the Jonesboro insurance business formerly known as Town & Country Insurance Agency. Stephens Insurance President Marty Rhodes says he's "particularly pleased" to gain its workers.

Mike Beebe's Legacy Linked to Health Care (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Associated Press 1/5/2015 09:01 am

During his successful bid for governor in 2006, Mike Beebe rarely mentioned health care in a campaign that often focused on school funding and tax cuts. As he's preparing to leave office, the two-term Democrat is finding that his legacy could be shaped by the issue.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Mayflower-Vilonia Tornado is Top AP Story of 2014

by Associated Press 1/1/2015 09:39 pm

Arkansas' worst natural disaster of 2014 has been selected by Associated Press members as the state's top news story of the year, edging out the Republican dominance in the midterm elections and court decisions that opened the door to marriages between same-sex couples.

Arkansas Approved for Changes to Private Option

by Ken Miller, The Associated Pres 1/1/2015 09:34 pm

The federal government on Wednesday approved Arkansas' request for changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that will require recipients to make monthly co-payments to health savings accounts and put limits on transportation for routine doctor visits and other non-emergency services.

No Daily Report, Morning Roundup on Thursday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/31/2014 11:20 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report and Morning Roundup on Thursday in recognition of the New Year's holiday.

Notable Deaths in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 07:13 pm

William H. Bowen, Bob Lamb and Jeff Baskin were among a number of notable business leaders and professionals who died in 2014.