Tagged: medicaid

Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 7:32 am

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford On Last Night's Runoffs

by Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford and Lance Turner 6/11/2014 8:28 am

Arkansas Business political columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford have once again joined Online Editor Lance Turner for primary election results analysis. Today, we're digesting last night's runoffs.

Burris Defeat, GOP Runoff Clouds Private Option Future in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/11/2014 7:20 am

The Arkansas "private option" expansion of Medicaid again faces an uncertain future after one of its key architects was defeated Tuesday in a state Senate race cast as a referendum on the program.

The Problem With Wanting It All (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/30/2014 1:21 pm

We want it all. And for years the government has granted our wish. But with a $17.4 trillion debt and entitlement programs headed down and unsustainable path, it's time to get serious and re-examine our priorities.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 1:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 8:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.

Private Option Opponents Hit Pause

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2014 10:13 am

Arkansas lawmakers have spared the state's first-in-the nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. But opponents said they're merely hitting the pause button on debating a program that has extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.

Arkansas House Approves Private Option Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/4/2014 3:10 pm

It took five separate votes, but the Arkansas House approved a bill Tuesday that reauthorizes funding for the "private option."

Arkansas House Eyes 5th Vote on Private Option

by Associated Press 3/4/2014 6:41 am

The Arkansas House is likely to vote for a fifth time on legislation reauthorizing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Private Option Opponents Seek Exit Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2014 7:08 am

Heading into this year's legislative session, opponents of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion vowed to push for an exit plan for a program they see as no different from the law they derided as "Obamcare." Now, they may be the ones in need of an exit strategy.

Ross Files For Governor, Hits Hutchinson on 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/26/2014 5:13 pm

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross on Wednesday made his bid for Arkansas governor official, criticizing his chief Republican rival over ads being aired by an outside group and for not weighing in on the debate over the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Davy Carter: Talks Continue on 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 2/26/2014 3:57 pm

House Speaker Davy Carter says he's meeting with opponents of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion to try and break a legislative stalemate over the program's future.

Arkansas House Eyes 5th Vote on 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 2/25/2014 7:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers are returning for the third week of this year's legislative session, but it's unclear when the House will try again to break an impasse over the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Mike Beebe Optimistic 'Private Option' Bill Will Pass

by Associated Press 2/24/2014 2:45 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains hopeful the state's compromise Medicaid expansion will continue despite a stalemate in the Legislature over its future but warned dropping the program could lead to "severe and draconian" budget cuts.

Impasse Over 'Private Option' Continues; House Measure Fails Again

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/21/2014 11:29 am

An impasse over the future of Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor stretched into a fourth day Friday, as legislation to continue the program again failed before the state House.

Arkansas Senate Approves, House Again Rejects Private Option Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/20/2014 3:11 pm

A compromise plan for Medicaid expansion in Arkansas remained stalled in the state House Thursday, despite the state Senate endorsing a plan to continue the nationally watched program that is providing subsidized health coverage to more than 87,000 people.

Arkansas House Again Votes Down Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2014 2:18 pm

The future of Arkansas' compromise plan to expand Medicaid by purchasing private insurance for the poor remained in jeopardy Wednesday, after legislation to continue the nationally-watched program failed for a second day in the state House.

Arkansas House to Vote on Private Option Again

by Associated Press 2/19/2014 7:09 am

Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion is up for a vote in the state House, a day after an effort to keep the program alive failed in that chamber.

Bruce Westerman Pans Virginia's Medicaid Expansion Plan

by Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:11 pm

The war of words between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents continued at the Capitol Tuesday, with members from both parties accusing the other of being out-of-touch obstructionists.

'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.