Tagged: patient protection & affordable care act

Central Arkansas Medical Centers Collaborate, Compete in Tight Health Care Market

by Mark Friedman 4/21/2014 12:00 am

Hospitals in central Arkansas must collaborate to survive, according to St. Vincent Health System President and CEO Peter Banko, who says he doesn't think Little Rock can support three hospitals.

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

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 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.

Arkansas Sees Rush of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

by Associated Press 3/31/2014 02:18 pm

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.

Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:16 am

Signups for insurance under the federal health care law are far below the state's targets, with more than 33,500 people enrolled in the marketplace as the deadline nears.

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

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 08:52 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.

The Trickle Down Effect of Obamacare (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 2/19/2014 02:19 pm

President Obama remains immensely unpopular in Arkansas. How will his unpopularity, and that of his signature health care reform law, affect the marquee Arkansas races in 2014?

Former ABOY Exec of the Year Diana Wright on Maintaining a Healthy Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Diana Wright is the founder, owner and president of The Right Solutions, a nurse staffing agency that handles scheduling, housing and travel arrangements for temporary-duty nurses in all 50 states.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn Attacks Red Ink With Balanced Budget Plan

by Mark Friedman 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had an operating loss of $27.8 million in the first six months of its current fiscal year, a dramatic downturn from an $8.5 million operating gain during the same period a year earlier.

All Eyes On Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Over the past few months, the eyes of a nation trying to work with the reality of the Affordable Care Act have been trained on Arkansas, where bipartisanship aimed at doing the best for Arkansas' working poor while controlling the growth of government had struck upon a novel solution called the “private option.”

Who Will Say No to Private Option? (Feedback)

by Gloria Gordon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

During the last session, key Republican legislators put aside their dislike of Obamacare to craft a unique way to accept federal dollars to provide health insurance to Arkansans who desperately need it: the “private option.” Thank you, Sens. Sanders, Dismang and Burris. Thank you, Rep. Murdock and others who worked behind the scenes to make Arkansas a health care innovations model for the nation.

A Model for States, Arkansas' Private Option At Risk

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2014 01:23 pm

Less than a year after its approval, Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor is on the brink of being abandoned.

Arkansas Officials: No Limit on Halting Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2014 07:08 am

The federal government cannot prevent Arkansas from ending a compromise Medicaid expansion that was approved last year and now is at risk of being defunded, state Human Services officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Davy Carter Says He's Open to Private Option Tweaks

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2014 01:42 pm

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to changing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion but remains confident there's enough support among lawmakers to reauthorize the program when the Legislature convenes this month.

Davy Carter Expects Private Option Funding Will Be Approved

by Mark Friedman 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Davy Carter, speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, said he thinks legislators will hold their noses and vote to continue funding the “private option” Medicaid expansion during the fiscal session that begins Feb. 10.

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

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 02:31 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.

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

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/19/2014 09:02 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.

Baptist Health Plans for Growth with New Hospitals in Conway, Malvern

by Mark Friedman 1/6/2014 12:00 am

Despite hospitals facing millions of dollars in lower health care reimbursements, Baptist Health of Little Rock is pushing ahead with ambitious expansion plans.

Reuters Goes Inside Serco, the Obamacare Hub in Rogers That Employs 1,600

by Lance Turner 12/12/2013 10:32 am

You'd be forgiven for not having heard of Serco in Rogers. But the company, operating out of a nondescript three-story brick building, is a crucial part of making the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, work.

Insurance Companies Concerned About Health Care Website

by Mark Friedman 12/2/2013 12:00 am

Two months after the launch of the health insurance marketplace website, Arkansas insurance companies are still concerned about it.

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