Tagged: medicaid

Arkansas Panel Advances Bill Creating Medicaid Task Force

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2015 11:23 am

A House panel has advanced legislation that would create a task force to look at alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the 'No' Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 9:22 am

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes.

Tax Cut, Medicaid Plan Near Resolution in Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 9:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Senate Votes to Continue 'Private Option,' Form Task Force

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 10:15 am

The Arkansas Senate has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of low-income Arkansas residents receiving coverage through the program.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 2:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 7:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Asa Hutchinson Walks Fine Line in Medicaid Speech (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/25/2015 10:25 am

Calling on lawmakers to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion alive through 2016 as he eyes a longer term health care plan, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to take ownership of an issue where he's tried to tread carefully over the past two years.

Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Have Task Force Find Reforms

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/22/2015 1:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling on lawmakers to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year as a task force looks at the future of health care in the state.

Arkansas Faces Challenge in Trying to Revamp Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 1:20 pm

The program's fate is expected to become clearer this week, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set to deliver a speech Thursday on the future of health care in Arkansas that will also address his plans for the private option.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Asa Hutchinson Wants Broader Discussion on Health Care

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/7/2015 1:22 pm

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants to take a broader look at Arkansas' role in health care that goes beyond whether the state should continue its compromise Medicaid expansion.

Mike Beebe's Legacy Linked to Health Care (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Associated Press 1/5/2015 9:01 am

During his successful bid for governor in 2006, Mike Beebe rarely mentioned health care in a campaign that often focused on school funding and tax cuts. As he's preparing to leave office, the two-term Democrat is finding that his legacy could be shaped by the issue.

Dismang: Medicaid Plan's Boundaries to Be Tested

by Associated Press 12/24/2014 10:03 am

The head of the state Senate and an architect of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid plan says legislators are weighing changes to the system that will test how much flexibility the federal government will allow.

Arkansas' Model Medicaid Experiment, the Private Option, in Jeopardy

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/17/2014 12:24 pm

Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands.

‘Live Fearless’ (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn’t tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

Medicaid Needs Another $84M If Tax Cuts Proceed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/12/2014 3:30 pm

Arkansas' Medicaid program will need an additional $84.2 million in state funding next year and another $60 million from the surplus if lawmakers move forward with tax cuts approved last year, outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe recommended Wednesday.

GOP Sweep Clouds Arkansas Medicaid Plan's Future

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2014 4:01 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won't make a decision about whether to expand the state's compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

Arkansas Groups Launch Effort to Promote Federal Health Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 2:18 pm

Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts.

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid Plan Not Revenue-Neutral

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 8:41 am

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion plan, in which the state uses federal dollars to buy private health insurance for its poorer residents, will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget, according to a government report released Monday. The plan's supporters disputed the findings.