Tagged: medicaid

GOP Health Care Plan Draws Mixed Reaction from Governors

by Associated Press 7/13/2017 3:22 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he remains concerned about Congress shifting costs to the states to maintain the same level of Medicaid coverage they have committed to. But he likes that the bill would provide more funding to help low-income people move off Medicaid and into the private market.

Arkansas Ends Fiscal Year with $15M Surplus

by Associated Press 7/5/2017 11:27 am

Arkansas finance officials say the state ended its fiscal year with a $15.7 million surplus after a boost in sales tax collections over the past two months helped restore most of the budget cuts enacted earlier.

Hutchinson Tries Balancing Act on GOP Health Bill (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/3/2017 7:00 am

The future of Asa Hutchinson's agenda as Arkansas' governor hinges on what Congress does to follow through on a promise he and other Republicans have made to repeal a law they've long opposed.

Medicaid Cuts and the Elderly (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/3/2017 12:00 am

In their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are proposing deep cuts to Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.

Arkansas Hospitals Fear Changes in Medicaid, Arkansas Works

by Mark Friedman 7/3/2017 12:00 am

As the fight over health care continues in Congress, Arkansas hospital executives are worried about changes being made to Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program known as Arkansas Works, which has saved hospitals $150 million annually in uncompensated care.

Nothing Better About Better Care Act (Amy Dunn Johnson Commentary)

by Amy Dunn Johnson 7/3/2017 12:00 am

The Better Care Reconciliation Act would be a decidedly harmful step backwards, not just for those who will lose access to health insurance, but for our entire state.

An Arkansas Solution to a National Problem (Davy Carter Commentary)

by Davy Carter 6/26/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas is a shining example of what states can accomplish in health care if given enough flexibility and control over designing programs that best serve their citizens.

Time for Single Payer (Feedback)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/29/2017 12:00 am

Two of our readers take on national health care and what Americans can – and can't – live without.

Governors Work Senate As Power Brokers in Obamacare Repeal

by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters 5/17/2017 7:07 am

A group of about a dozen Republican governors is pushing for its own set of national health care reforms, flexing its considerable muscle in the national debate over the future of Obamacare as the U.S. Senate begins writing its bill.

DHS Officials: 'Arkansas Works' 2.0 Cheaper for State

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 4/27/2017 10:10 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the changes it's seeking for the Arkansas Works medicaid expansion will save the state as much as $93 million over five years.

DentaQuest Sues Procurement Director Over Dropped Medicaid Bid

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Disclosure provisions in the state’s competitive bidding process have landed Procurement Director Edward Armstrong in the hot seat again.

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2017 12:00 am

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it’s too early to predict an outcome.

With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid

by Associated Press 12/29/2016 11:23 am

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years - overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

Asa Hutchinson: Feds OK Modified Medicaid Expansion

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/7/2016 2:55 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as "Arkansas Works."

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-Miller 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.

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