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Approach to Federal Health Care Law Divides Texas, Arkansas

by Associated Press 12/12/2016 7:08 am

Called "Obamacare" by opponents, the Affordable Care Act is highly unpopular in both Texas and Arkansas, but the sharply different approaches the states have taken is evident in the availability and cost of health care - in the span of a few miles.

Greg Bledsoe Named Surgeon General

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 3:23 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new surgeon general.

Joe Thompson To Leave Surgeon General Post; John Selig Asked to Stay at DHS

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/25/2014 2:18 pm

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson said Tuesday he will not serve in the role under Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 7:32 am

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

At Symposium, Employers Told to Budget Now for Health Care Reform

by Lance Turner 8/21/2013 4:32 pm

Employers should assess their business quickly to determine a plan of action that minimizes risk as they face looming health care reforms that are already taking place, according to speakers at Wednesday’s Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium.

Report: Shortage of Primary Care Providers in Rural Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/27/2013 3:57 pm

A study released Wednesday showed Arkansas' health care workers aren't going to rural areas of the state. The report found there was a 4 percent shortage in the state of primary care providers. There was a 38 percent oversupply of them in the central part of the state while there was a 33 percent shortage in southwest Arkansas.

For Your Information (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Expanding insurance coverage to the working poor through the new health care exchange rather than through the traditional Medicaid program is a good idea, as long Arkansas still receives the hundreds of millions of dollars offered by the federal government.

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson On The Current State of Health

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2013 12:00 am

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson talks to Arkansas Business about his vision for a new health insurance payment system, guns as a health issue and Obamacare.

Wal-Mart Spending $670,000 on Arkansas Health Care Initiative

by Mark Friedman 1/10/2013 11:43 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville plans to invest $670,000 in an Arkansas health care program designed to reward doctors and hospitals who keep a lid on health care costs while providing high-quality care.

Mike Beebe, Wal-Mart Plan Health Care Announcement

by Associated Press 1/10/2013 7:23 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and Wal-Mart officials are planning to announce an "important step" in the state's efforts to change the way Medicaid and private insurers in the state pay for medical services.

In Post-Election Twist, Arkansas Republicans Consider Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/13/2012 2:09 pm

Arkansas Republicans denounced "Obamacare" during this year's election campaign and called for its repeal. But now that they've won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years, GOP lawmakers are considering expanding government health care in Arkansas.

Joe Thompson: Expanding Medicaid Will Help Arkansas Catch Up

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/27/2012 2:04 pm

State Surgeon General Joe Thompson says expanding Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health care law would help Arkansas catch up with richer states that have been able to offer more coverage through their programs.

State Surgeon General Joe Thompson to Address Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 11/27/2012 7:34 am

Arkansas' surgeon general is discussing the impact that expanding Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health care law would have on the state.

Video: Joe Thompson, Jeff Hankins & the Health Care Ruling on 'Arkansas Week'

by Lance Turner 6/29/2012 3:00 pm

Video of this week "Arkansas Week," which centers on Thursday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health care reform. The episode begins with a 15-minute interview with Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson.