Tagged: medicaid

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 2:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

Mike Beebe Warns Against Ending Health Care Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/28/2014 2:10 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe warned sheriffs from around the state Tuesday that new funding he has proposed for the prison system could be at risk if lawmakers halt the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

Private Option Supporters Walk Fine Line (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2014 8:54 am

Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion are walking a fine line as they assess the future of the program before this year's legislative session. They don't want to understate the danger it faces of being defunded, but they don't want to declare it dead just yet.

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

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/19/2014 9:02 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 9:42 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 8:37 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.

Arkansas Signs 62K People for State Health Insurance

by Associated Press 10/24/2013 4:38 pm

More than 66,000 Arkansans have applied for health insurance under the state's expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

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 1:27 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.

Maryland Firm Objects to Disqualification From Medicaid Contract Bid in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/23/2013 1:58 pm

A Maryland company is objecting over Arkansas' decision to disqualify it from bidding for a Medicaid contract over concerns about a neighboring state canceling a similar agreement with the firm.

Bill Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law in Speech

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/4/2013 2:31 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.

Alaska Health Care Leader Examines Arkansas 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 8/22/2013 1:18 pm

Alaska's state health commissioner Bill Streur is looking at whether Arkansas has a health care solution that might work in this state.

Mark Darr Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/13/2013 7:15 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.

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,

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.

Arkansas Sends Waiver Application for Health Insurance

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 8/7/2013 7:38 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 Medicaid Program Has $62 Million in Trust

by Associated Press 7/12/2013 3:37 pm

After starting the year expecting to cut services, the Arkansas Medicaid program has finished the fiscal year with $62 million in its trust fund.

Arkansas Officials Hold Hearing on Insurance Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2013 3:11 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.