Insurance & Benefits Archive

Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion is Unnerving Some States

by Associated Press 10/5/2016 10:37 am

The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.

Uninsured Health Insurance Rate Continues Decline in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2016 12:00 am

The percentage of Arkansans lacking health insurance fell to 9.5 percent in 2015, compared with 11.8 percent in 2014 and 16 percent in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

Arkansas Hospitals Face Lawsuits After Refusing Insurance

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2016 12:00 am

Complaints in Arkansas are challenging the growing and controversial practice of hospitals refusing to accept the health insurance of patients who have been injured by the actions of others.

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2016 12:00 am

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 61 out of the 86 hospitals on this year's list of the state's largest hospitals and medical centers — 71 percent — reported making money. That compares with 62 percent on the list that ran in 2013, just before the main features of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act took effect.

Today's Bank Takes On Teetering Allied

by George Waldon 10/3/2016 12:00 am

The Allied Bank staff was still a little shell-shocked when they convened at the main office in Mulberry on Saturday, Sept. 24. The day after regulators took over the $66.3 million-asset lender, employees gathered to learn what the future held under the new ownership of Today's Bank of Huntsville.

Oakwood Apartments Sale Tops $6.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/3/2016 12:00 am

An affiliate of Los Angeles real estate investment firm AndMark bought the Oakwood Apartments project at 1310 Smithwick Drive in Jacksonville.

Pam Kindall Nationally Recognized for Pharmacy Work (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2016 12:00 am

Pam Kindall, director of pharmacy services at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center at Harrison, has been named National Outstanding Buyer of the Year by the National Pharmacy Purchasing Association.

Eric Pianalto on Why There's No Room for Waiting for Mercy Hospital Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2016 12:00 am

Eric Pianalto has been with Mercy since 1994 and held a number of positions within Mercy's four-state region including being chief operating officer for regional operations in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He was named president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in 2013.

Third Walnut Ridge Defendant Gets Shorter Sentence, Co-Conspirators May Benefit

by Gwen Moritz 9/30/2016 04:06 pm

Sharp-eyed lawyering resulted in a shorter prison term for Peggy Sutton, the last of three defendants to be sentenced for stealing almost $4 million from First National Bank of Lawrence County, and it could bode well for her co-conspirators.

Walnut Ridge Three Scheduled for Sentencing on Bank Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/26/2016 12:00 am

Three former employees of First National Bank of Lawrence County who have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Little Rock later this week.

Strong Liquor Store Takes Shot in Court Over Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/26/2016 12:00 am

An insurance company says it shouldn't have to pay a more than $550,000 claim for fire-related damages to a liquor store in Union County.

St. Vincent West Attracts $14.1 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/26/2016 12:00 am

An affiliate of Physicians Realty Trust of Milwaukee bought the 45,952-SF St. Vincent West medical office building in west Little Rock from St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center.

United Federal Credit Union Wins Top Honor at Best Places to Work Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2016 11:35 am

Arkansas Business and the Best Companies Group honors 29 Arkansas companies with "Best Places to Work" awards, which honor firms that have exceptional workplace environments.

Arcade Office in River Market Bought for $2.7M

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Office space in downtown Little Rock, an ammo plant in Jacksonville and a Little Rock warehouse provide our trio of multimillion-dollar deals this week.

Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that's just minutes away.

Millennials Drive Boom in Arkansas Apartment Market

by George Waldon 9/19/2016 12:00 am

When it comes to shelter, the millennial generation has established a reputation for its lingering embrace of apartments over homeownership. The market impact of the 18-34 age group is helping drive occupancy rates higher, to the delight of landlords.

Towne Oaks Duo Draws $10 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/19/2016 12:00 am

An affiliate of the AndMark real estate investment firm of Los Angeles bought the 152-unit Towne Oaks Apartments at 9300 Treasure Hill Road and the 64-unit Towne Oaks Village Apartments at 9600 Southedge Drive.

New $25M Baptist Memorial Hospital In West Memphis To Open in 2018

by Mark Friedman 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis expects its approximately $25 million hospital in Crittenden County to open sometime in the first half of 2018.

Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Announces Second Class of Inductees

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 10:53 am

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame announces its 2016 class of inductees. The second-ever class, including two posthumous inductees, will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 27 at the University of Central Arkansas.

Meet 20 In Their 20s: The New Influentials Class of 2016

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Twenty of Arkansas' young leaders show the energy and ambition and adventurous spirit that is obvious in our state's business legends, even decades after they were in their 20s. We're proud to introduce these New Influentials and to consider all the potential they offer our state in the decades to come.