Tagged: jay bradford

State Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr Scrutinized Over 2011 Case

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

The favorable treatment that Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr received from his predecessor, Jay Bradford, in a 2011 dispute with Farmers Insurance Group has been criticized in court documents by another former insurance commissioner, Mike Pickens.

Fatal Crash Led to Split Between Farmers Insurance, Allen Kerr

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

For more than 30 years, Allen Kerr was one of Farmers Insurance Group’s most productive agents in Arkansas. That changed on Halloween 2011, when Farmers, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, terminated its relationship with Kerr and his Allen W. Kerr Insurance Agency Inc. of Little Rock.

Lloyd’s Gets Go-Ahead To Sell Insurance in Arkansas

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

A Saline County Circuit Court judge agreed last week with former Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford that Lloyd’s of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in the state.

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.

Insurance Department Releases Health Insurance Premiums

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2014 11:45 am

Arkansans who buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 should on pay about 2 percent less for premium than they did in 2014.

Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Licensing Delays

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 7:55 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the commission's conversion to a new system will mean a delay in issuing appointments, license renewals and the issuing of new licenses.

Insurance Moratorium in Arkansas Storm Areas

by Associated Press 5/9/2014 3:27 pm

The Arkansas Insurance Department has issued a 60-day moratorium on the cancellation or non-renewal of insurance policies for residents in areas hit by recent storms.

Catholic Health Initiatives Announces Deal to Buy QualChoice Holdings

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2014 3:12 pm

Catholic Health Initiatives says its subsidiary, Collab Health, has entered a stock-purchase agreement to buy QualChoice Holdings Inc. of Little Rock.

‘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 Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:16 am

Signups for insurance under the federal health care law are far below the state's targets, with more than 33,500 people enrolled in the marketplace as the deadline nears.

Catholic Health Initiatives in Talks to Buy QualChoice

by Mark Friedman 1/7/2014 12:17 pm

Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver, the parent company of St. Vincent Health System of Little Rock, is in talks to buy some or all of QualChoice of Little Rock.

New Federal Charges Filed Against Steve Standridge

by Gwen Moritz 12/23/2013 12:00 am

Steve Standridge, who already faces 12 federal felony charges related to alleged bank fraud in the Eastern District of Arkansas, has pleaded not guilty to 23 additional federal felony counts.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Insurance Exchange Funds

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/20/2013 4:38 pm

Arkansas lawmakers on Friday narrowly approved a $10.6 million grant to continue operating the insurance marketplace under the federal health overhaul, despite objections from some legislators over the law's rocky start.

Jay Bradford: Arkansas Made Plans to Allow Carriers to Extend Health Plans

by Associated Press 11/15/2013 7:40 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says steps were taken earlier this year to ensure that insurance carriers in the state have the option to extend current health insurance plans through the end of next year.

Arkansas Signs 62K People for State Health Insurance

by Associated Press 10/24/2013 4:38 pm

More than 66,000 Arkansans have applied for health insurance under the state's expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

Arkansas Tries to Find Balance on Health Law (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2013 9:34 am

If anyone was unsure just how difficult of a balance Arkansas faces in trying to implement the federal health care overhaul, the rollout over the past week made it clear. After two elections and two legislative sessions that have been overshadowed by the 2010 law, the state is facing an identity crisis on how to move forward with it.

Video: An Interview with Jay Bradford & Looking Ahead to the Debt Ceiling on 'Arkansas Week'

by Lance Turner 10/5/2013 9:17 am

On this week's "Arkansas Week," state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford talks to Steve Barnes about Obamacare, Week One. Plus, the Arkansas Times' David Ramsey, independent journalist Rick Fahr and Lance Turner talk about the week that was. Includes video.

Dozens Attend Sign-Up Event on 1st Day of Arkansas Health Insurance Exchange

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/1/2013 3:07 pm

Arkansas officials on Tuesday called the launch of the state's online marketplace for insurance under the federal health care law historic for the thousands of uninsured residents expected to sign up, though problems with the federal website delayed online enrollment for some.

Lawmakers Reject Advertising to Promote Health Care Exchange

by Associated Press 10/1/2013 7:58 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he doesn't plan on moving forward with a $4.5 million advertising contract for the state's insurance exchange that's been rejected by a legislative panel.

What Concerns Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford About Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/30/2013 12:00 am

Jay Bradford has more than four decades of experience in the insurance industry, including 30 years as founder, chairman and former shareholder of First Arkansas Insurance Group of Pine Bluff, a statewide network of independent property and casualty agencies. He also served in the Arkansas Legislature for 24 years, where he was chosen both speaker pro tempore of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate. Bradford also served as chairman of the Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee in both bodies.