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Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s Reimbursement Rates Raise Concerns From Specialists

by Mark Friedman 12/16/2013 12:00 am

Starting Jan. 1, ABCBS will pay physician specialists 15 percent less for the same procedures done by non-specialists, such as family practice doctors, for patients who bought policies through the new health insurance exchange, she said. The new fees won’t apply to the carrier’s current commercial policies or group plans.

Insurance Companies Concerned About Health Care Website

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

Two months after the launch of the health insurance marketplace website, Arkansas insurance companies are still concerned about it.

Premium Still Rising for Health Insurers

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

2012 was a good year for nearly all the companies on this year’s list of the largest health insurance companies. Eight of the top nine carriers on the list, which is ranked by premium written in Arkansas, saw their premium rise in 2012 over 2011 numbers.

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.

Online Health Records for Patients Will Still Require Oversight

by Jan Cottingham 4/8/2013 12:00 am

The effort to digitize health care records has been underway for years, but it gained new momentum — and qualified health care providers gained financial incentives — with the 2009 passage by Congress of the Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health Act, known as HITECH.