Tagged: john selig

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 2:01 pm

Dawn Stehle has been named the state's Medicaid director. She will have the interim tag taken off her title, a distinction she's held since June 1. The Arkansas Department of Human Services conducted a national search for the spot.

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.

Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison to Leave Post

by Associated Press 5/2/2014 3:48 pm

The director of Arkansas' Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position.

Arkansas Chamber: Not Renewing Private Option Will Cost Businesses in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 1/22/2014 4:53 pm

The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas is sharing a report with members today that says businesses in Arkansas will face $27 million to $40 million in tax increases if the Legislature doesn't renew the "private option."

DHS: No Backup Plan If Legislature Defunds 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 1/21/2014 1:55 pm

The head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services says he doesn't have a backup budget plan if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion.

DHS: 55K People in Arkansas Want to Sign Up for Coverage Under Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/2/2013 12:44 pm

The state Department of Human Services says more than 55,000 low-income Arkansans have said they want to sign up for coverage under a recently approved plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance.

Ex-Legislator Tracy Steele to Lead Youth Services

by Associated Press 7/29/2013 3:12 pm

Former legislator Tracy Steele has been hired to run the state Division of Youth Services, where he'll earn $100,077 annually.

Arkansas Medicaid Program Has $62 Million in Trust

by Associated Press 7/12/2013 3:37 pm

After starting the year expecting to cut services, the Arkansas Medicaid program has finished the fiscal year with $62 million in its trust fund.

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/19/2013 7:05 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has released new cost estimates for a plan that would use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients.

Arkansas Legislators Seek Details on Medicaid Deal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2013 2:05 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.

Arkansas Lawmakers Seek More Details on Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo 1/17/2013 4:39 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.

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.

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

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/13/2012 6:36 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.

Arkansas to Move Forward on Health Care Overhaul

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/11/2012 3:14 pm

Arkansas officials say the state is moving forward with implementing parts of the federal health care law after an election that provided clarity on the federal level but uncertainty in the state Legislature about the political future of the controversial legislation.

The Poor Are Different From You and I (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/17/2012 12:00 am

Like it or not, health care reform isn't going away. Arkansas should make the most of it.

Medicaid Expansion In Arkansas Worth Serious Consideration

by John Selig 9/10/2012 12:00 am

One of the biggest impacts of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act is to give states the option of offering Medicaid coverage to those with the lowest incomes. In Arkansas, that would mean providing much-needed access to care for about 250,000 mostly working adults.