Insurance & Benefits Archive

Greg Hatcher on Health Care Trends in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Greg Hatcher is the author of three books, including “55 Steps to Outrageous Service.”

Mike Nelson Disputes His Firm's Debts to State Workforce Services

by Marty Cook 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The Great Recession was very bad for Mike Nelson. His Jonesboro business, Nelson Design Group, sells home designs to builders and homebuyers, and revenue that reached $4 million in 2006 was down to $1 million by 2008.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Arkansas Had Soda Tax Long Before Berkeley Caught the Wave

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Berkeley, California, the birthplace of liberal nanny-state policies like smoke-free restaurants and curb cuts for wheelchair access, got a lot of ink last week for passing the nation's first “soda tax.”

Crittenden Hospital's Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers' liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned.

Jay Bradford Worries Lloyd's Challenge Could Create Crisis

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in Arkansas. But a lawsuit filed last year keeps moving forward, and Bradford says he's worried that it could create a crisis in the Arkansas insurance market.

GOP Sweep Clouds Arkansas Medicaid Plan's Future

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2014 04:01 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won't make a decision about whether to expand the state's compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

The Future of the Private Option in Wake of GOP Wins

by Lee Hogan 11/5/2014 10:29 am

There are still a few races yet to be called, but what we know already about the results from Tuesday's election in the state legislature sets up what is sure to be an interesting battle over the state's private option.

Anthony Puts Heat on Insurance Company After Sawmill Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Anthony Forest Products Co. is hauling its insurance carrier into court for allegedly failing to pay off a claim for a 2013 fire that caused $5.6 million in damage.

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school.

Household Debt: Delinquency Rate Hits Lowest Point Since '08

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The New York Fed's Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that overall household debt in the U.S. fell by $18 billion during the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first quarter. Housing debt stood at $8.62 trillion in the second quarter, while nonhousing debt was $3.02 trillion.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

David Bush Joins BancorpSouth As Senior Vice President (Banking Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

David Bush, formerly senior vice president and commercial lending manager at Delta Trust & Bank, has joined the staff of BancorpSouth in Little Rock as SVP.

‘Sovereign' Actions Complicate Foreclosure of West Little Rock Home

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Documents sold on the Internet and a $700,000 “International Bill of Exchange” weren't able to keep a minister from losing his 5,608-SF west Little Rock home in a long-running foreclosure action.

Northeast Arkansas District Fair Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Northeast Arkansas District Fair will list close to $10 million in debts, according to its bankruptcy attorney, James Dowden of Little Rock.

Mountain Pure Has New Owner After Stacks Conviction

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

John B. Stacks' rough year continued last week when his Mountain Pure operations were handed over to a new owner after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse.

The Real Deficit Problem (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The federal budget getting under control starts with getting health care inflation under control, which is going to be impossible as long as no one knows what anything costs — as long as even the doctors ordering tests and prescribing medications don't know what kind of bills they are running up.

Windstream Transaction Adds Up to $8.6 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A 30,400-SF data center shifted ownership in a sale-leaseback transaction valued at $8.6 million, and land for a future bank branch development in the Heights area of Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.2 million.

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago.