Tagged: medicaid

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.

Arkansas' Model Medicaid Experiment, the Private Option, in Jeopardy

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/17/2014 12:24 pm

Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands.

‘Live Fearless’ (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn’t tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

Medicaid Needs Another $84M If Tax Cuts Proceed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/12/2014 3:30 pm

Arkansas' Medicaid program will need an additional $84.2 million in state funding next year and another $60 million from the surplus if lawmakers move forward with tax cuts approved last year, outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe recommended Wednesday.

GOP Sweep Clouds Arkansas Medicaid Plan's Future

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2014 4:01 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won't make a decision about whether to expand the state's compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

Arkansas Groups Launch Effort to Promote Federal Health Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 2:18 pm

Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts.

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid Plan Not Revenue-Neutral

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 8:41 am

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion plan, in which the state uses federal dollars to buy private health insurance for its poorer residents, will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget, according to a government report released Monday. The plan's supporters disputed the findings.

Arkansas Private Option Enrollment Keeps Growing

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 1:04 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 194,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents.

Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Premiums to Drop

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 7:51 pm

The state program that provides private insurance to poor Arkansas residents will see a 2 percent decrease in premium costs next year, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Arkansas Details Changes to Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/1/2014 4:16 pm

Many participants in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would be required to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would face new limits on transportation for non-emergency services under proposals the state detailed Friday.

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.