Tagged: medicaid

Navigating State Aid for Special Needs: TEFRA and ARKids First

by Dwain Hebda 11/14/2016 8:48 am

The state of Arkansas provides several programs to assist families in caring for their child’s special needs, particularly for families in lower income brackets.

Arkansas Sidesteps Some Obamacare Problems with Unique Mix

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has been a mixture of good and bad news for Arkansas, but the state’s unique approach to expanding Medicaid has resulted in a different experience from that making national headlines.

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2016 12:00 am

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 61 out of the 86 hospitals on this year’s list of the state’s largest hospitals and medical centers — 71 percent — reported making money. That compares with 62 percent on the list that ran in 2013, just before the main features of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act took effect.

Managed Care Organizations Met With Skepticism by Some Health Care Professionals

by Sarah Campbell 7/4/2016 12:00 am

Health care professionals in Arkansas are voicing skepticism that bringing managed care organizations into the state-run Medicaid program will stem the rising costs of government-provided health care.

US Health Care Spending Grows

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/4/2016 12:00 am

U.S. health care spending grew by 5.3 percent in 2014, to $3 trillion, or $9,523 per person, according to the latest figures available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. That was an increase over the 2.9 percent growth seen in 2013.

Arkansas House Backs Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2016 2:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic to save the program covering more than 250,000 poor people.

Arkansas Senate Approves Plan to Preserve Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2016 3:00 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to preserve the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that required supporters to initially vote to end the subsidized health coverage. Republican opponents have predicted a legal challenge to what they call an end-run around the budget process.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.

A Look at Budget Impasse Over Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:04 am

Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week hoping to resolve a budget standoff over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and a host of other programs for the poor and disabled.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 1:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.

State Asks Judge Not To Expand Planned Parenthood Ruling

by Associated Press 4/12/2016 9:53 am

The state is asking a federal judge to not expand her order blocking Arkansas' attempt to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas House Leaders Detail Cuts If Medicaid Plan Fails

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 3:27 pm

Arkansas House leaders say a host of state programs including public schools, prisons and colleges would face cuts if lawmakers don't fund the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 6:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn’t continued by the state Legislature.

Arkansas House, Senate Approve Governor's Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/7/2016 11:26 am

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2016 8:36 pm

Arkansas House and Senate committees advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep the hybrid Medicaid expansion. But opponents said they didn't believe the state or federal government could afford the expanded coverage. The House and Senate are expected to take up the plan on Thursday.

Hutchinson: I've Struck Right Balance with Effort to Retain Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2016 11:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the criticism he's facing from both sides on his push to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion is an indication he's struck the right balance.

Legislative Leaders Ask Hutchinson to Drop Managed Care Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 6:47 am

Arkansas legislative leaders asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to drop his managed care proposal from this week's special session agenda, saying the plan faces too many questions.

Bridgeway CEO Jason Miller on The Biggest Myths of Mental Health

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/4/2016 12:00 am

Before joining The Bridgeway in December 2011 as COO, Jason Miller served as director of hospital operations at the Living Hope Institute in Little Rock and in various roles at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and CHI St. Vincent Health System.He was named CEO in 2014.