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Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Hog Farm Bill Poised for Passage at Arkansas Legislature

The Arkansas House and Senate approved identical bills Wednesday that would make it harder to perpetuate complaints against farms that need permits to retain then dispose of liquid animal waste. read more >
David Sanders
Government & Politics / Investments / Small Business

David Sanders Named Director of Innovate Arkansas

Winrock International names David Sanders director of Innovate Arkansas, the statewide initiative that helps scale Arkansas technology ventures. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Investments / Transportation

Public-Private Partnerships Face Headwinds in ArkansasLock Icon

State Rep. Warwick Sabin finally got his public-private partnership bill passed in the Arkansas Legislature this year, but political compromises left some holes in its potential uses. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

Arkansas' governor on Thursday approved a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure - restrictions that are expected to face a legal challenge. read more >
Allen Kerr
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Small Business

Arkansas Panel: Expand Definition of Small Businesses

A legislative panel asked Arkansas' insurance commissioner on Thursday to expand the definition of small businesses so more companies can purchase coverage for their employees through a marketplace. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Consultants: Arkansas’ Health Plan Should Move People Upward

Consultants hired to review the state's "private option" Medicaid plan recommended that the program continue but suggested changes that would move participants into jobs and ensure they are leading healthy lives. read more >
David Sanders
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Sanders: Hold Off On Vendor Request for Insurance Exchange

A state legislator asked an Arkansas panel Tuesday to hold off on looking at vendors for setting up a state-run insurance exchange as lawmakers look at broader reforms to Medicaid and health care. read more >
Roxane Townsend is the CEO of UAMS Medical Center.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Real Estate

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center. read more >
David Sanders
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

State Sen. David Sanders on the ‘Stop-Gap’ Private Option, Health Care Reform

David Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013, when he helped craft the state’s private option, which uses federal money to purchase private insurance for poor Arkansans. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Legislators Eye More Abortion Restrictions

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

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

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. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Legislative Panel Airs Parole Concerns

The interim director of the Arkansas Community Correction Department told legislators Thursday that parole officers can go to her if there's a problem getting a parole violator off the streets, a move she made after a man who skipped parole violation hearings was charged with murder. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Prepares to Launch Medicaid Inspector General Office

As Arkansas moves forward with a plan to offer subsidized health insurance to thousands of low-income residents, it is preparing to reorganize its Medicaid program to create a new office that would investigate fraud and waste complaints. read more >
Jonathan Dismang

Arkansas Senate Approves ‘Private Option’ Proposal

A proposal to use federal money to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income Arkansas residents passed Friday in the state Senate, advancing an idea that Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe are promoting as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Senate OKs Creation of Medicaid Fraud Office

The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to establish a new state office to investigate fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

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. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate Votes to Expand Lobbying ‘Cooling Off’ Law

The Arkansas Senate has voted to expand a one-year ban on former legislators becoming lobbyists to include the state's constitutional officers and judges. read more >
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr
Government & Politics / Transportation

Arkansas GOP Leaders Split on Tax Hike for Highways

A proposal going before voters next month to raise Arkansas' sales tax to pay for highway improvements is chipping away at some of that anti-tax sentiment among the state's top GOP officials. read more >