Tagged: medicaid

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.

Arkansas Senate Approves Plan to Preserve Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2016 3:00 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to preserve the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that required supporters to initially vote to end the subsidized health coverage. Republican opponents have predicted a legal challenge to what they call an end-run around the budget process.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.

A Look at Budget Impasse Over Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:04 am

Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week hoping to resolve a budget standoff over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and a host of other programs for the poor and disabled.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 1:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.

State Asks Judge Not To Expand Planned Parenthood Ruling

by Associated Press 4/12/2016 9:53 am

The state is asking a federal judge to not expand her order blocking Arkansas' attempt to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas House Leaders Detail Cuts If Medicaid Plan Fails

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 3:27 pm

Arkansas House leaders say a host of state programs including public schools, prisons and colleges would face cuts if lawmakers don't fund the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.