Insurance & Benefits Archive

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

by Mark Friedman 9/1/2014 12:00 am

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business' list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state.

Scooter Stuart's Tainted Assets Draw More Fire

by George Waldon 9/1/2014 12:00 am

This year's number of new lawsuits surrounding the controversial business affairs of the late Layton “Scooter” Stuart indicates the rancor is only growing.

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July.

Health Law Factors into Governor's, Senate Races in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/31/2014 07:41 am

Running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, Mark Pryor and Mike Ross find themselves under attack on the health care reform law and attempting to navigate around it as they struggle to prevent a complete Republican takeover of the state's top offices.

Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Premiums to Drop

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 07:51 pm

The state program that provides private insurance to poor Arkansas residents will see a 2 percent decrease in premium costs next year, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 02:01 pm

Dawn Stehle has been named the state's Medicaid director. She will have the interim tag taken off her title, a distinction she's held since June 1. The Arkansas Department of Human Services conducted a national search for the spot.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Farmers Dismayed As New Farm Bill Dumps Direct Payments

by Rick Fahr 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The threatened end of cash subsidies to the nation's row crop farmers dates back through at least the last two iterations of national agriculture policy legislation. That threat became real, though, earlier this year when Congress passed the newest Farm Bill.

State Agriculture Officials: Money at Stake in Turner Grain Could Reach $50M

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 8/22/2014 04:05 pm

Officials in Arkansas' agriculture industry think at least $20 million and possibly upwards of $50 million could be involved in the still-unfolding financial drama between Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and the Arkansas farmers who could go without payment for their crops.

Beebe, Other Southern Governors Tout Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 8/19/2014 12:57 pm

Three governors who expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul said Saturday there are economic and moral arguments for embracing a key part of the law, despite strong political opposition in their southern states.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Bonding Company Gets OK To Garnish Portion of Joyce Judy's Paycheck

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Cumis Insurance Society Inc., the bonding company that was stung by Joyce Judy, will start to recover some of the money she swiped when she was president of the Arkansas Employees Federal Credit Union in Little Rock.

Vilonia Considers Rebuilding Options After Tornado

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After the tornado that hit Faulkner County on April 27, Vilonia is tiptoeing into the rebuilding process. While the rebuilding of a $13 million school is moving forward, a group of citizens is hoping business owners will consider all options before construction starts on Main Street.

Disaster Planning Should Start Early

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After a disaster strikes is not the time for the business owner to develop a plan to reopen the company.

Waco Title Forms, Adds Location in Van Buren

by Brandon Riddle 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After 61 years as Mosley Title Co., the Fort Smith title insurance company has completed its transition under Waco ownership, becoming Waco Title.

Kudos: Goodwill Gains Rehab Accreditation, UAMS Names Oral Health Clinic After Delta Dental

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, based in Little Rock, has received full three-year accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The accreditation process began more than a year ago, and a two-day study by CARF determined Goodwill's status.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

Jerry Claret Moves Up at Nations Equipment Finance (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Claret has been hired as senior vice president of business development at Nations Equipment Finance, serving Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Claret was previously business development manager at ENGS Commercial Finance