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Michelle Gray

The United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
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High Court Lets 2015 Arkansas Law Regulating PBMs Stand

In a ruling seen as a win for local pharmacies, The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower court decision that prevented a 2015 state law regulating pharmacy benefit managers from going into effect. read more >
State Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren.
Government & Politics / Health Care

6th Arkansas GOP Lawmaker Tests Positive for Virus

An Arkansas state lawmaker running for reelection is quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus, she said, becoming the sixth Republican in the Legislature to become infected. read more >
Asa Hutchinson

3 Arkansas Lawmakers Test Positive for Virus, Governor Exposed

Three Arkansas lawmakers announced Tuesday they have tested positive for the coronavirus and the state’s governor said he’s scaling back his public events and meetings after being exposed to someone with the virus. read more >
Bart Hester

Arkansas Legislators Seek More Limits on Public Records

Two years after the Arkansas Legislature scaled back the state's decades-old law protecting public access to government records, lawmakers are considering making even more information secret. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs the pharmacy benefit manager law.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Governor Signs Pharmacy Benefit Manager Bill into Law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law a bill that requires pharmacy benefit managers to be licensed by the state. The Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act requires licensure of any PBM that services any insurance plans that are not self-funded by employers. read more >
State Rep. Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne, is a moving force behind a first-in-the-nation effort to regulate pharmacy benefit managers.
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Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit ManagersLock Icon

A special legislative session starting Tuesday is expected to result in deep-red Arkansas becoming the first state to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers. read more >
A packed room at the Healthcare Marketplace Committee Meeting on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Retail

Pharmacists: New Reimbursement Rates for Drugs Unsustainable

Pharmacists say new reimbursement rates for generic prescriptions imposed by the pharmacy benefit manager used by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Ambetter are often less than the cost of the drugs. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal

Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

Arkansans have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box that they oppose predatory lending, but two state legislators are trying to make it easier for predatory lenders to operate. read more >
Senate President Jonathan Dismang (pictured) and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Gov. Asa Hutchinson should limit the special session agenda to his plan to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Legislative Leaders Ask Hutchinson to Drop Managed Care Plan

Arkansas legislative leaders asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to drop his managed care proposal from this week's special session agenda, saying the plan faces too many questions. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Asa Hutchinson Controls Agenda, Little Else in Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Pitching his hybrid Medicaid expansion and managed care proposals, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson controls the agenda as lawmakers head back to the Capitol for this week's special session. That may be the only part where he has control. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Health Care

Hutchinson Pledges to Cut Waiting List for Disabled in Half

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the savings he's projecting from his proposal to shift some Medicaid services to private firms will cut the state's waiting list for developmentally disabled in half. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Inside Arkansas’ Options for Managed Care in Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

The next Health Care Reform Legislative Task Force meeting will reveal whether the divide over the appropriate approach to managed care in Arkansas has continued — or even expanded. read more >