Tagged: medicaid

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Keep Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2018 3:19 pm

An effort to continue Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year has cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature, a day after the Trump administration said the state could impose a work requirement on the program.

Work Requirement Approved for Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 11:36 am

The Trump administration on Monday approved Arkansas' plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on coverage for the poor.

Medicaid Official Visiting Arkansas for Announcement on Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 6:53 am

A top Trump administration official is visiting Arkansas next week as state leaders await word on requests to impose a work requirement and scale back the eligibility of its Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday.

Budget Undercuts Trump Focus On Mental Health, School Safety

by Associated Press 2/16/2018 11:14 am

President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas.

Medicaid Plan's Fate Uncertain as Arkansas Lawmakers Convene

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 7:04 am

Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders hope to stay focused on the next state budget when they convene this week, but uncertainty looms about whether there will be enough support to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive for another year.

Jake Files' Fall Could Imperil Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2018 7:32 am

An Arkansas lawmaker's guilty plea for pocketing thousands of state dollars intended for a sports complex created a black eye for the Capitol, but it may have caused an even bigger obstacle for supporters of a hybrid Medicaid expansion that already faced an uncertain future.

Medicaid Work Mandate Will Create Uncertainty in Some States

by Andrew DeMillo and Gretchen Ehlke, The Associated Press 1/15/2018 7:12 am

Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.

Trump Opens Way for Medicaid Work Requirement

by Associated Press 1/11/2018 11:19 am

In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Medicaid to Dominate Arkansas Budget Talks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2018 7:00 am

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveils his proposed 2018-19 budget this week, most of the attention will be on the state's Medicaid program and the future of the hybrid expansion that's provided coverage to thousands of low-income residents over the past few years.

Arkansas Children's Wellness Faces Obstacle

by Associated Press 1/8/2018 6:57 am

Improving access to care in Arkansas and getting children the early care they need was the subject of a recent report released by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF).

Asa Hutchinson: Medicaid Rolls Dropped by 117K Last Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/4/2018 3:03 pm

Arkansas' governor is touting an 11 percent drop in the state's Medicaid rolls over the past year as he faces another potential fight in keeping the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive another year.

Arkansas Again Cuts Off Medicaid Money to Planned Parenthood

by Associated Press 11/28/2017 7:03 am

Arkansas has again cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, following a court ruling upholding the state's decision to defund the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Vacancies Add to Medicaid Plan's Uncertain Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/27/2017 7:01 am

Vacant seats in the Legislature, a lack of answers on proposals to impose new restrictions and uncertainty about the future of the federal health care law could put Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion back in a precarious position.

State Still Awaiting Federal Approval on Medicaid Expansion Changes

by David Ramsey, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 11/3/2017 10:40 am

Significant changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program proposed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson were slated to begin Jan. 1. But the state still has not received the federal approval necessary to move ahead.

Governor: Rate Hikes Don't Threaten Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/17/2017 1:51 pm

Arkansas' governor says the insurance rate increases approved by state regulators after the Trump administration ended a key subsidy won't threaten the future of Arkansas Works.

A Threat to Communities (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/16/2017 12:00 am

Repealing the Affordable Care Act without something to replace it is scary. Especially here in Arkansas, where legislators — with Republicans in the lead — took a law they didn’t like and made lemonade.

UAMS, Baptist Report Operating Losses

by Mark Friedman 10/9/2017 12:00 am

UAMS and Baptist Health both report millions of dollars in operating losses in the most recent fiscal year.

UAMS Tops State In Net Patient Revenue

by Mark Friedman 10/2/2017 12:00 am

Of the 89 hospitals on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest hospitals and medical centers in the state, 14 reported a net loss of $1 million or more while 34 had a net income of $1 million or more.

Hutchinson Embraces Latest Health Law Repeal Push (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/25/2017 7:39 am

If the latest GOP-backed Obamacare repeal overcomes last-minute obstacles in the Senate, the plan could offer even more uncertainty for the thousands of people in Arkansas who have health coverage through the health overhaul.

DHS, Dinged for Payment Problems, Will Repay $3M to Feds

by Gwen Moritz 9/15/2017 11:02 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services will repay about $3 million to the federal government after an audit found problems with a type of Medicaid payment to providers.