Tagged: medicaid

Arkansas House Approves 'Private-Option' Plan 77-23

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/16/2013 10:38 am

A plan for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents has cleared its final hurdle in the state House. House members voted 77-23 Tuesday morning after a half-hour debate. Includes roll call.

Private Option Plan A Tough Sell for GOP Voters (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/15/2013 08:35 am

For Arkansas Republicans elected on a vow to defeat the federal health care overhaul, a proposal to expand subsidized insurance relying on a key part of that law has been far from an easy pitch.

Health Care Tops To-Do List for Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/15/2013 07:48 am

Arkansas lawmakers face a daunting to-do list as they try to wrap up this year's session by a self-imposed Friday deadline. Here's what's at the top.

Arkansas House OKs Medicaid 'Private Option' 62-37

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/11/2013 03:38 pm

A plan to use federal Medicaid money to buy health insurance for low-income Arkansans faced an uncertain future Thursday - winning support from most House members but reaching the 75 votes that will be needed to approve its budget bill.

Arkansas House Panel OKs 'Private Option' Bill

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 03:14 pm

A proposal to have Arkansas use federal Medicaid funds to subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents won approval from a state House committee on Tuesday, but the plan faced opposition from Republicans as it moved toward a vote in the full chamber.

Medicaid Formula ‘Transformed' Nursing Homes

by Gwen Moritz 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Three quarters of Arkansas' nursing homes were profitable in the fiscal year that ended in June 2012, a testament to the Medicaid formula developed in 2001 to reimburse the actual cost of patient care.

Health Care, Tax Cuts Issues Colliding (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2013 06:32 pm

As Arkansas lawmakers approach what could be the final weeks of this year's session, it's becoming clearer that proposals to expand health insurance to low-income workers and to cut $100 million in taxes are colliding.

Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Backs Health Care Insurance Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2013 09:52 am

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is backing a proposal to expand health insurance to thousands of low-income residents by purchasing private coverage with federal Medicaid funds.

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/19/2013 07:05 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has released new cost estimates for a plan that would use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients.

Tax Cuts, Voter ID, Big River Steel on 'Arkansas Week'

by Lance Turner 3/18/2013 07:27 am

On "Arkansas Week," those $2 billion worth of looming tax cut bills Republicans are starting to run in the Legislature, more on the non-expansion expansion of Medicaid, voter ID, a bit on Big River Steel and battling budgets in Washington D.C.

For Your Information (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Expanding insurance coverage to the working poor through the new health care exchange rather than through the traditional Medicaid program is a good idea, as long Arkansas still receives the hundreds of millions of dollars offered by the federal government.

Hundreds Attend Arkansas Medicaid Rally

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2013 02:59 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe expressed optimism Thursday that a deal can be reached to expand Medicaid in Arkansas, telling a crowd of hundreds at the state Capitol that he and Republican lawmakers were on a "positive track" in talks to provide health care coverage to more low-income residents.

Let's Avoid Snatching Defeat From Victory (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/4/2013 12:00 am

The decision by Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “is the first publicly announced expansion deal in the nation that would allow all of those earning up to 138 percent of poverty to buy private insurance with Medicaid dollars on the exchange.” Arkansas should go along.

Best of Frenemies: Inside Mike Beebe and the GOP's Love-Hate Relationship (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2013 02:08 pm

The partnership Gov. Mike Beebe has boasted having with the Arkansas Legislature is turning more into a love-hate relationship under Republican control. They're not sworn enemies, but not exactly best friends either. They're more like frenemies.

Arkansas Legislators Seek Details on Medicaid Deal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2013 02:05 pm

Republican legislators who had resisted expanding Medicaid in Arkansas say they're encouraged by a new plan that would allow funds from the federal-state program to purchase private insurance for the newly eligible, but say they need more details on how such a system would work.

Medicaid Takes a Back Seat In the 89th General Assembly (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2013 05:08 pm

What happened to the Medicaid session? Despite all the talk before lawmakers gathered at the Arkansas Capitol that Medicaid's finances and future would overshadow just about every other issue, there's been scant attention paid to the $5 billion program and efforts to expand it under the federal health care law

Mike Beebe: Don't Delay Medicaid Vote Until Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/11/2013 01:45 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's opposed to delaying a vote on expanding Medicaid's eligibility until next year's session, but says he won't rush lawmakers on when to consider the issue. Beebe says he faces an uphill fight in getting the three-fourths vote needed for expansion to pass.

Here's Legislative Audit's Report on Arkansas' Medicaid Program

by Lance Turner 2/8/2013 01:37 pm

You can download the PDF of the complete state Division of Legislative Audit report on Arkansas' Medicaid program right here.

Bill Halter Calls On Lawmakers to Advance Health Care in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/4/2013 12:28 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Halter says Arkansas lawmakers have a chance to advance health care in the state as they weigh whether to expand Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health law.

Big River Steel Superproject Alters Arkansas Session Agenda (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2013 12:08 pm

A veiled reference to a "superproject" took up only a couple of sentences when Gov. Mike Beebe laid out his legislative agenda for 2013 last month. Now that it's been revealed as a $1.1 billion steel mill, it has altered the agenda for this year's session.