The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients.
Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has corrected a contract that for nearly eight years gave a private company the exclusive right to market UAMS’ intellectual property and resulted in no royalty payments for UAMS.
Dennis G. Smith, former head of Medicaid under President George W. Bush, will become a visiting faculty member at UAMS and senior adviser for Medicaid and Health Care Reform for the state Department of Human Services.
This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company.
The state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that Betty Guhman, a senior advisor to Gov. Asa Hutchinson since 2014, will serve as interim director of the DHS Division of Youth Services while the agency searches for a permanent director.
Arkansas Business talks to Cindy Gillespie, the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Before she joined DHS, Gillespie was a principal in the Washington office of the law firm Denton and was a health care adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn’t continued by the state Legislature.
Nutrition plays a vital role in classroom success for children, which is why many schools allow children to eat snacks throughout the day. In fact, many nutrition specialists suggest that children eat a snack every three to four hours to stay full and focused all day, as well as learn smart eating habits that they can use in the future.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig told employees Thursday that he plans to leave the post at the end of the year. Selig, the longest serving director at DHS, began as director in 2005 under Gov. Mike Huckabee.