Tagged: medicaid

Cheryl Smith Gardner: State-Based Exchange Gives Arkansas Flexibility

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/30/2015 7:02 am

Arkansas' move toward setting up its own health insurance exchange will give the state more flexibility as it looks at overhauling its Medicaid program for the poor, the director of the board setting up the exchange told legislators Monday.

King-Burwell Ruling Could Prompt New Debate in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/22/2015 7:16 am

Months after Arkansas lawmakers avoided another protracted fight over the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, the nation's highest court could throw the Legislature back into an all-too-familiar debate over a key part of the federal health care law.

Analysts: Repeal of Health Law Would Boost Economy But Add to Deficit

by Associated Press 6/19/2015 11:26 am

Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday.

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 3:33 pm

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system.

Task Force Becomes Default Option for Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/16/2015 7:04 am

Arkansas needs a task force to study the state's obsession with task forces. That may be the only one that hasn't been created yet during the 2015 legislative session.

Bayer Healthcare Whistleblower Still Fighting To Regain Job

by Mark Friedman 3/16/2015 12:00 am

A Little Rock man who sued a pharmaceutical company for firing him in 2010 after reporting a health care fraud continues to fight to get his old job back.

Members of Arkansas Task Force to Study Medicaid Plan Named

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2015 6:50 am

Twelve Republicans and four Democrats have been named to a legislative task force studying alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

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.

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