Insurance & Benefits Archive

Greater Little Rock Home Builders Pick Nathan Cooper as President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Cooper of River Valley Builders has been named 2015 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Cooper has been a member of the Home Builders Association since 2009 and has served on the board of directors. Justin Keener of Billy Hartness Construction will be vice president, and Tony Dillon of The Dillon Group will be secretary/treasurer.

5 to Be Inducted Into Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/11/2015 10:42 am

Five Arkansans will be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in a ceremony on March 6, the Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced.

Federal Fraud Trial Against Two Doctors Pushed to November

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The federal criminal trial of Drs. Robert Barrow and Angela Barrow has been pushed back to Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

No Rest for Michael Morton in Lonoke County Nursing Home Buys

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A trio of Lonoke County nursing homes is under new ownership in transactions totaling $8.4 million.

Labor Force Dropped in Central Arkansas Since 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The labor force fell 1.9 percent in central Arkansas from 2007 to 2014, though the population grew 7.3 percent, according to planning agency Metroplan.

Arkansas' 1st-in-the Nation Medicaid Expansion Survives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2015 04:01 pm

Arkansas' first-in-the-nation program using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor survived another year after the state House reauthorized the program on Thursday.

Arkansas Panel Advances Bill Creating Medicaid Task Force

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2015 11:23 am

A House panel has advanced legislation that would create a task force to look at alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Lloyd's Gets Go-Ahead To Sell Insurance in Arkansas

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

A Saline County Circuit Court judge agreed last week with former Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford that Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in the state.

Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the 'No' Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 09:22 am

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes.

Tax Cut, Medicaid Plan Near Resolution in Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 09:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Names Max Greenwood Director of Governmental, Media Relations

by Mark Friedman 1/30/2015 11:46 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield named on Friday Max Greenwood its director of governmental and media relations.

It's Been a Busy 4 Days at the State Insurance Commission

by Lance Turner 1/29/2015 03:53 pm

New Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr has been a busy man since taking over the post as part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration.

Senate Votes to Continue 'Private Option,' Form Task Force

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 10:15 am

The Arkansas Senate has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of low-income Arkansas residents receiving coverage through the program.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 02:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Spatial Office Transaction Tops $1.6 Million Mark (Real Deals)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

A 14,000-SF office project in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.65 million. A 6,164-SF medical office building in North Little Rock drew a $1.04 million foreclosure sale. And a 125,522-SF industrial facility in southwest Little Rock sold for $850,000.

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a fine speech Thursday when he finally shared his plans for the future of Arkansas' unique — and successful — private option health insurance program.

In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.