Insurance & Benefits Archive

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.

Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 02:39 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Midnight Session Votes

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 11:31 am

House and Senate leaders said they planned to meet at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to hold what's expected to be the final votes on measures addressing teacher insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new lottery restrictions.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

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.

Chris Bagley Named President, COO of BancorpSouth

by Associated Press 6/26/2014 03:20 pm

Chris Bagley, a 31-year veteran of the banking industry, has been named BancorpSouth's new president and chief operating officer.

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.

Mike Beebe Announces Plans for Special Session

by Associated Press 6/24/2014 03:16 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday called lawmakers back to the Capitol to address a looming increase in teacher insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

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.