Insurance & Benefits Archive

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000.

Medical Software Provider MedEvolve Gains Certification

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

MedEvolve of Little Rock, a leading provider of software for medical practice management, has been deemed eligible for federal stimulus money after demonstrating meaningful use of its technology.

Senate Democrats Steer Campaigns Away from Obamacare

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 07:52 am

Democrat Mark Pryor has represented Arkansas in the Senate for two terms, yet one of his TV ads begins with a man saying, "I remember when Pryor was attorney general." A woman adds that he pursued "scam artists that were ripping off seniors."

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Skin in the Game (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Everyone understands that last week's special legislative session was, as it concerned health insurance benefits for public school employees, a short-term fix to a long-term problem that had been ignored until it simply couldn't be ignored any longer.

‘Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste' (Jim Fram Commentary)

by Jim Fram 7/7/2014 12:00 am

The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs Metro Partnership recognized after the Majestic Hotel fire that they should embrace the adage to "never let a crisis go to waste," commissioning the Downtown Game Plan Task Force to study all aspects of downtown development.

Mike Beebe Signs Lottery, Insurance, Prison Bills Into Law

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 04:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week's special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

With Session Over, Lawmakers Look for Long-term Answers

by By Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2014 03:10 pm

With short-term fixes in place on teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, Arkansas lawmakers shifted their attention Wednesday to finding longer term answers when they return for next year's legislative session.

Insurance Agent Steve Standridge Pleads Guilty, With Caveats

by Gwen Moritz 7/2/2014 11:43 am

Steve Standridge pleaded guilty to two of the 35 federal felony counts against him, but he reserved the right to withdraw the plea.

Lawmakers OK Insurance, Lotto, Prisons Bills

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2014 07:14 am

Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval early Wednesday to bills addressing teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, wrapping up a special legislative session that left unresolved until next year the long-term questions surrounding the three issues.

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Elaine Eubank Set To Start at Easter Seals as CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Elaine Eubank has been hired as president and CEO of Easter Seals Arkansas in Little Rock, a position she will start Tuesday. She said the new job will allow her to build on the Easter Seals mission, offering training and rehabilitation services to children and adults.

Insurance Company Hot Over Craighead County Halloween Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

An incident last Halloween season is still haunting the owners of a spook house in Craighead County. Nightmare Productions Haunted House owners Cody and Nicole Russell are facing a lawsuit filed last month by Western World Insurance Co. of New Jersey.

Baptist Health Plans July 7 Groundbreaking for Conway Hospital

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Ground will be broken for the 100-bed medical center at 10:30 a.m. July 7 at 1455 Exchange Ave., near the Dave Ward Drive exit off Interstate 40.

Special Session Highlights Arkansas' Old Capitol

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/26/2014 03:05 pm

The last time Arkansas lawmakers took up significant legislation in the Old State House building, wireless meant the telegraph and the only tweets were what you heard outside.

Lawmakers Told Special Session Set for Next Week

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/24/2014 10:21 am

Arkansas legislative leaders told House and Senate members Monday they'll be called back to the Capitol next week to address rising teacher health insurance premiums and prison overcrowding, though Gov. Mike Beebe's office said he wasn't ready to confirm his plans for a special session.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.