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'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 04:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

Arkansas' Private Option Faces New Pressure in 2014 (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/3/2013 08:37 am

The computer problems that have frustrated many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under the federal health care could threaten Arkansas' compromise plan to expand insurance coverage.

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

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2013 09:34 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.

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2013 05:19 pm

The approval of the "private option" that Arkansas is pursuing to expand health insurance in the state doesn't end the debate over an idea that supporters have touted as an innovative way to reform Medicaid and opponents have blasted as no different from "Obamacare." It's merely a preview of the fights yet to come.

Arkansas Legislators Seek Details on Medicaid Deal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2013 02:05 pm

Republican legislators who had resisted expanding Medicaid in Arkansas say they're encouraged by a new plan that would allow funds from the federal-state program to purchase private insurance for the newly eligible, but say they need more details on how such a system would work.

Medicaid Takes a Back Seat In the 89th General Assembly (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2013 05:08 pm

What happened to the Medicaid session? Despite all the talk before lawmakers gathered at the Arkansas Capitol that Medicaid's finances and future would overshadow just about every other issue, there's been scant attention paid to the $5 billion program and efforts to expand it under the federal health care law

Arkansas Lawmakers Seek More Details on Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo 1/17/2013 04:39 pm

Arkansas legislative leaders said Thursday that they need more information about the flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid and better figures on how much of a shortfall the program faces.

Arkansas Lawmakers, Journalists Learn the Modern Art of Governing by Tweet

by Luke Jones 1/7/2013 12:00 am

More and more legislators and journalists are using social media to pump out streams of up-to-date facts and opinions, and it's both a tool and a challenge for the changing media world.

Despite Wins, GOP Has Own Rifts to Heal (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/18/2012 09:01 am

Taking over the state House for the first time in 138 years was the easy part for Arkansas Republicans. The bigger challenge may be healing the rifts within their ranks, some of which were revealed with the election of Davy Carter as incoming House speaker.

Mike Beebe Still Looking at State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/16/2012 04:28 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving open the possibility that Arkansas may run its own insurance exchange under the federal health care law, after initially saying the state would seek a partnership model.

John Selig: Arkansas Faces 'Significant' Medicaid Cuts Amid Shortfall

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/13/2012 06:36 pm

Arkansas would stop paying for thousands of seniors in nursing homes, eliminate an insurance program for low-income workers and cut rates for providers to fill a $138 million shortfall in the state's Medicaid program, even if lawmakers support a proposal to boost funding, an official says Tuesday.