Insurance & Benefits Archive

Health Care: Privilege or Right? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/7/2016 12:00 am

Whoever wins the presidential race on Tuesday, one thing is clear: Health care — or, more precisely, paying for health care — will continue to be an issue.

Arkansas Sidesteps Some Obamacare Problems with Unique Mix

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has been a mixture of good and bad news for Arkansas, but the state's unique approach to expanding Medicaid has resulted in a different experience from that making national headlines.

Address Design Flaws of Affordable Care Act, Participants Say

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The insurance industry is in the business of managing risk, but under the ACA, everyone pays the same amount for the same health insurance plan, regardless of what the health status of a person is.

'Nuclear' Judgments Cited As Trucking Insurance Rises

by Marty Cook 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The American Transportation Research Institute reports that insurance premium costs rose from 7.1 cents per mile in 2014 to 9.2 cents in 2015.

Voluntary Plans Add Challenges, Opportunities for USAble Life's Jim Casey

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 12:00 am

Jim Casey is the president and CEO of USAble Life and its holding company, Life & Specialty Ventures LLC of Little Rock. t has more than 500 employees and provides ancillary insurance, including life, disability and dental coverage.

Pot Talk: Burning Questions From Employers About Legalization (Commentary)

by Jennifer Chang and Bruce Cross 10/31/2016 12:00 am

If passed, ballot initiatives supporting the legalization of marijuana for medical use should prompt employers to address the complex workplace issues that would inevitably arise.

WLR Apartment Land Draws $2.5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Madison at Chenal LLC, led by Brandon Huffman and Graham Smith, bought the 5,000-SF office-warehouse at 15500 Kanis Road and an adjoining 12.8-acre tract.

Devin Shirley Advances at Blue Cross & Blue Shield (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Devin Shirley has been promoted to director of information security at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock. He joined in January 2016 as manager for the business solutions center.

Dozen Lawyers File Appeal in Holmes Sanction

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/24/2016 12:00 am

The 12 plaintiffs' attorneys who were found to have abused the court system in their manipulation of a controversial class-action case maintain they didn't do anything wrong in the handling of the case, according to a brief filed last week.

Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

by Sarah Campbell 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

Construction Contractors Team With Pulaski Tech with Free Training Class to Fill Spots

by George Waldon 10/24/2016 12:00 am

More companies are embracing the notion that on-the-job training is good business. Under that banner, members of the central Arkansas construction community are banding together to fill employment gaps in their ranks.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say.

$2.8 Million Transaction Visits LR's Legacy Hotel (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/24/2016 12:00 am

SHG Management LLC, led by Kishan Patel, bought the 86-room Legacy Hotel at 625 W. Capitol Ave. The seller is Southern Comfort Inns Inc., led by Amin Amarshi.

Arkansas Drivers Merge Well with Others in a Roundabout Way

by Marty Cook 10/24/2016 12:00 am

With their record of fewer accidents, the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department says more roundabouts are on the way.

In Little Rock, Chase Economist Finds Economic Recovery Going Well

by Sarah Campbell 10/20/2016 10:29 am

"We're not in crisis; we're getting back on our feet," economist Jim Glassman told business professionals Wednesday at an economic outlook luncheon.

St. Bernards OB-GYN Associates Hires Physician Drew Dunham (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Dunham, a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Louis University School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health.

Prevention Efforts Save Arkansas Hospitals $27M

by Mark Friedman 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Reducing patient injuries at 48 Arkansas hospitals has saved $27 million in one year, according to a report released last month.

Maumelle Townhomes Attract $8.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/17/2016 12:00 am

EIIC LLC, led by Jean Eiler, purchased 61 townhomes in The Villas at Audubon near the northwest corner of Audubon and Club Manor drives.