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Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Legislature Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of Tax Break for Gas Drillers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2014 02:19 pm

The Arkansas Legislature has voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a $5 million tax exemption for natural gas drillers.

Mike Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption for Drilling Sand

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2014 09:45 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a $5 million tax exemption for the sand used in natural gas drilling on Monday, saying it was unconstitutional for the Legislature to include the tax break in a state agency's budget bill.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 08:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 02:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

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.

With Portions of Obamacare Set to Begin, Questions Remain

by Mark Friedman 9/2/2013 12:00 am

Oct. 1 will mark one of the biggest changes in the history of health insurance in the United States. On that day, open enrollment begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Several unanswered questions exist about the ACA.

Arkansas Senate Approves 'Private Option' Proposal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2013 10:53 am

A proposal to use federal money to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income Arkansas residents passed Friday in the state Senate, advancing an idea that Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe are promoting as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment.

Small Business Bill Promises Millions of Investment; AEDC Sees 'Risk'

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/21/2013 07:25 am

An Arkansas House committee advanced a proposal Wednesday to establish a new economic development program aimed at driving private investment to small businesses in low-income areas.

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/19/2013 07:05 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.

Hundreds Attend Arkansas Medicaid Rally

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2013 02:59 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe expressed optimism Thursday that a deal can be reached to expand Medicaid in Arkansas, telling a crowd of hundreds at the state Capitol that he and Republican lawmakers were on a "positive track" in talks to provide health care coverage to more low-income residents.

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.

In Post-Election Twist, Arkansas Republicans Consider Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/13/2012 02:09 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 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.

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.