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Rate of Uninsured Americans Fell to 7.9% in 2022

In 2022, 26 million Americans — or 7.9% of the population — were uninsured, the lowest percentage since 2017, according to a September report from the U.S. Census Bureau. “In […] read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

UAMS to Study Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Breast Cancer Treatment

The study uses a unique data source: the linked Arkansas All-Payer Claims Database and Arkansas Cancer Registry, which combines claims data from all payers in Arkansas with the Cancer Registry. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Hospitals Brace for Another Blow as Thousands Lose Medicaid EligibilityLock Icon

On April 1, the Arkansas Department of Human Services began reassessing the eligibility of beneficiaries who throughout the pandemic were guaranteed a place in the federal-state health care insurance program for low-income residents. read more >
The HealthCare.gov website. Nearly 3 million people signed up for subsidized health insurance during a special enrollment period amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden said on Sept. 15, 2021. 
Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Judge’s Ruling Undercuts US Health Law’s Preventive Care

Experts cautioned that insurers are unlikely to stop any coverage immediately. read more >
The HealthCare.gov website. Nearly 3 million people signed up for subsidized health insurance during a special enrollment period amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden said on Sept. 15, 2021. 
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Record 16.3 Million Seek Health Coverage Through ‘Obamacare’

The government worked with nonprofit groups and invested in program specialists who helped to sign people up in low-income, immigrant, Black and Latino communities to enroll more people. read more >
Energy

A Big Deal for Energy, Tinged Green All Over

Incentives for buying EVs, renewable energy production and domestic manufacturing look particularly good for Arkansas businesses. read more >
The HealthCare.gov website. Nearly 3 million people signed up for subsidized health insurance during a special enrollment period amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden said on Sept. 15, 2021. 
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care

Nearly 3M Got Health Coverage During Special COVID-19 Sign-Up Period, Biden Says

The number of Americans enrolled under the Affordable Care Act increased by 20%. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Trump to Issue Stop-payment Order on Health Care Subsidies

In a move likely to roil America's insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months. read more >
Donald Trump (file)
Government & Politics / Health Care

Calling it a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order

President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order a "beginning" and promised more actions to come. read more >
Donald Trump (file)
Government & Politics / Health Care

White House To Order Health Care Alternatives

The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

DHS, Dinged for Payment Problems, Will Repay $3M to Feds

The Arkansas Department of Human Services will repay about $3 million to the federal government after an audit found problems with a type of Medicaid payment to providers. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Nothing Better About Better Care Act (Amy Dunn Johnson Commentary)

The Better Care Reconciliation Act would be a decidedly harmful step backwards, not just for those who will lose access to health insurance, but for our entire state. read more >
Baxter Regional Medical Center
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Repeal Of Medicaid Expansion Threatens Rural Hospital

The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients. read more >
Arkansas DHS Director Cindy Gillespie and other DHS officials speak with reporters Wednesday about "Arkansas Works 2.0."
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

DHS Officials: ‘Arkansas Works’ 2.0 Cheaper for State

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. read more >
John Roberts
Legal

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. read more >
Martha Shoffner, ex-State Treasurer, walked away from a plea deal in favor of taking her bribery case to trial. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)
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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Tarnished Health Care Law at a Crossroads

The good, bad and unpredictable converge Jan. 1 for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. read more >
Michael Stock, president and CEO of QualChoice.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Reform Spurs New Vision, Dental and Gap Insurance Products from QualChoice

QualChoice of Little Rock will begin offering dental, vision and short-term gap health insurance this spring, which is one of several changes it’s making in response to national health care reform. read more >