Tagged: medicaid

A Steeper Climb Ahead for Arkansas' Private Option (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/19/2014 09:02 am

If you thought convincing a Republican-led Legislature to support a key part of the new federal health care law was a tough fight last year, wait until you see Round 2. Still, at least one GOP lawmaker is confident arguments for the law will win again.

HP's Conway Growth Linked to Medicaid

by Luke Jones 1/13/2014 12:00 am

The biggest player in Medicaid processing is Hewlett-Packard Co. of Palo Alto, Calif., and Arkansas is one of its customers, to the tune of $46.8 million in the current fiscal year. Now, HP's center in Conway plans to add 200 people to staff its health care work.

The Atlantic Looks at Arkansas, 'The State Where Obamacare Is Working'

by Lance Turner 11/13/2013 09:42 am

Olga Khazan, blogging at The Atlantic, examines Arkansas as "the state where Obamacare is working." In a post up today, he talks to Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas House Speaker Day Carter about how the "private option" made Medicaid expansion more palatable to Republicans.

Arkansas' Private Option Faces New Pressure in 2014 (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/3/2013 08:37 am

The computer problems that have frustrated many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under the federal health care could threaten Arkansas' compromise plan to expand insurance coverage.

DHS: 55K People in Arkansas Want to Sign Up for Coverage Under Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/2/2013 12:44 pm

The state Department of Human Services says more than 55,000 low-income Arkansans have said they want to sign up for coverage under a recently approved plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance.

Feds Approve Arkansas' Medicaid Waiver Request, Clearing Way for 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/27/2013 01:27 pm

The federal government approves Arkansas' plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents, clearing the way for the state to implement a key part of the federal health care law.

Bill Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law in Speech

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/4/2013 02:31 pm

Former President Bill Clinton is urging opponents of the federal health care overhaul to help implement and improve the 2010 law, rather than continue "replaying" debates about the measure and trying to repeal it.

Mark Darr Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/13/2013 07:15 am

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he'll run for a south Arkansas congressional seat and takes a swipe at his likely rival for the Republican nomination.

Hospitals Fear Proposed Medicaid Change Could Be Costly

by Mark Friedman 8/12/2013 12:00 am

The Arkansas Hospital Association fears an Arkansas Medicaid policy proposal could cost hospitals much more than the $11 million estimate from the Department of Human Services.

Dentist Shortage Hurts Children on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 8/12/2013 12:00 am

In Arkansas, 48 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid didn't see a dentist in Arkansas in 2011, according to the report titled “In Search of Dental Care,” which was released in June. The state with the highest percentage, though, was Florida at 75.5 percent,

Arkansas Sends Waiver Application for Health Insurance

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 8/7/2013 07:38 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services submits a waiver application to the federal government so it can fund private insurance for about 225,000 people to be covered under an expansion of the state Medicaid program.

Critics of Medicaid Expansion Demonized, Ignored (Dan Greenberg Commentary)

by Dan Greenberg 7/15/2013 12:00 am

Whether to expand Medicaid was, and continues to be, the most divisive and hotly debated question of Arkansas' 2013 legislative session.

Arkansas Officials Hold Hearing on Insurance Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2013 03:11 pm

Several Arkansas community health centers on Tuesday asked the state to drop a provision in its plan to expand subsidized health insurance coverage that they said would cut the amount of money they receive for their services.

Arkansas Attorney General OKs Wording of Medicaid Ballot Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/12/2013 07:28 am

The attorney general's office on Tuesday approved the wording of a ballot measure aimed at repealing a plan Arkansas lawmakers approved this year to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income workers.

White River Health System Preps ER for Health Care Reform

by Mark Friedman 5/20/2013 12:00 am

White River Health System in Batesville is preparing for the possible rush of patients once health care reform is fully implemented next year.

Arkansas Prepares to Launch Medicaid Inspector General Office

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/30/2013 04:11 pm

As Arkansas moves forward with a plan to offer subsidized health insurance to thousands of low-income residents, it is preparing to reorganize its Medicaid program to create a new office that would investigate fraud and waste complaints.

Moody's: Expanding Health Insurance 'Credit Positive' for Arkansas Hospitals

by Lance Turner 4/25/2013 10:09 am

A credit outlook report by Moody's Investor Service says the state Legislature's move to expand health insurance in Arkansas through the "private option" is good for the state's hospitals.

The Serenity of Acceptance (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/22/2013 12:00 am

I always thought it sheer madness for any Arkansas legislator to even entertain the thought of turning down hundreds of millions of federal dollars and refuse to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the poverty level. And yes, I'm saying that it is sheer madness for other states to do just that.

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2013 05:19 pm

The approval of the "private option" that Arkansas is pursuing to expand health insurance in the state doesn't end the debate over an idea that supporters have touted as an innovative way to reform Medicaid and opponents have blasted as no different from "Obamacare." It's merely a preview of the fights yet to come.

Arkansas Legislature Approves Medicaid Expansion Alternative

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/18/2013 07:29 am

Arkansas' plan to use federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents won final approval from state lawmakers Wednesday.