Tagged: arkansas blue cross & blue shield

The Problem With Percentages (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Big numbers made for a technically accurate but deeply misleading story in The New York Times. But even knowing the approved changes isn’t very helpful.

Insurance Hikes Through State Marketplace Top Out at 7 Percent

by Gwen Moritz 8/25/2015 2:14 pm

Health insurance plans sold to Arkansans through the health insurance marketplace will increase in cost by no more than 7.15 percent next year, according to the Arkansas Insurance Department.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Awards Grant to UAPB

by Alexis Hosticka 8/25/2015 1:13 pm

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield on Tuesday announced a grant of $250,000 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Department of Nursing to fund the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health.

‘Private Option’ Benefits List of Largest Health Insurers

by Gwen Moritz 8/3/2015 12:00 am

The effect of the “private option” — Arkansas’ use of federal Medicaid expansion funding to buy private health insurance for the working poor — is written all over this year’s list of the state’s largest health insurance companies.

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Mark Friedman 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act.

High-Dollar Drugs Part of the Package for Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Mark Friedman 5/25/2015 12:00 am

While the politics of insurance has garnered the most ink, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield has also been busy trying to manage the high costs of specialty prescription drugs.

Max Greenwood Moves to Media Relations for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Max Greenwood has been named director of governmental and media relations for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock. Greenwood assumes responsibility for state and federal government relations and serves as the Arkansas Blue Cross spokesperson and media contact.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Names Max Greenwood Director of Governmental, Media Relations

by Mark Friedman 1/30/2015 11:46 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield named on Friday Max Greenwood its director of governmental and media relations.

Best Quotes of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 11:15 am

They said it: The best quotes of the year.

‘Live Fearless’ (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn’t tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

Federal Health Fraud Case Against Barrows Postponed to February

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/20/2014 12:00 am

If you’ve wondered what’s happening in the case of the Little Rock husband-and-wife physician team who were charged with health insurance fraud in excess of $1.2 million, well, here’s your answer: Their trial has been postponed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Takes Health to Heart

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Blue Cross has grown to become one of the largest companies in Arkansas with more than 2,500 employees. As a benefits provider, it would only make sense that those employees working hard to keep Arkansas families healthy would also receive top-tier coverage and benefits of their own.

Wehco Media Drops Insurance Bombshell

by 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Wehco Media dropped a bombshell on its employees two weeks ago: Effective Sept. 1, one week after the announcement, they had a choice of having their annual health insurance deductible triple to $3,000 or paying 100 percent of the cost of keeping a policy with a $1,000 deductible.

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.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Opening Retail Store in Hot Springs

by 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield is opening its third health insurance retail store, known as ArkansasBlue, across the street from CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities.

Health Care Revenue Rises Slightly in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

While nine of the 11 health care organizations on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private companies reported an increase in revenue in 2013, none of them had an increase of more than 9 percent. And five of the companies had increases of less than 2 percent.

Massage Therapist Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Barrows

by Mark Friedman 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Billy Marc Young, the Conway massage therapist who allegedly helped perpetuate a health care fraud, has taken a plea deal and will testify for the prosecution of Drs. Robert Barrow and Angela Barrow.

‘Any Willing Provider’ Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state’s long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s Reimbursement Rates Raise Concerns From Specialists

by Mark Friedman 12/16/2013 12:00 am

Starting Jan. 1, ABCBS will pay physician specialists 15 percent less for the same procedures done by non-specialists, such as family practice doctors, for patients who bought policies through the new health insurance exchange, she said. The new fees won’t apply to the carrier’s current commercial policies or group plans.