Tagged: 89th General Assembly

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director

Health Care

Cheryl Smith, the former director of Utah's health insurance exchange, has been hired as the executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The nonprofit organization was created, and compelled to explore the creation of the state's own health insurance marketplace, by the Arkansas Legislature. read more >

Arkansas Legislature Ends 100-Day Session

Arkansas Legislature Ends 100-Day Session

The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday wrapped up its first session since Reconstruction in which Republicans have controlled both chambers by giving final approval to the state's $4.9 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year. read more >

The Serenity of Acceptance (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The Serenity of Acceptance (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionHealth CareEditor's Note

I always thought it sheer madness for any Arkansas legislator to even entertain the thought of turning down hundreds of millions of federal dollars and refuse to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the poverty level. And yes, I’m saying that it is sheer madness for other states to do just that. read more >

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

Health Care

The approval of the "private option" that Arkansas is pursuing to expand health insurance in the state doesn't end the debate over an idea that supporters have touted as an innovative way to reform Medicaid and opponents have blasted as no different from "Obamacare." It's merely a preview of the fights yet to come. read more >

Arkansas Lawmakers Get Bill Outlining $4.9B Budget

Arkansas lawmakers are considering boosting funding for public schools and Medicaid while also giving state employees a 2 percent cost-of-living raise, under a $4.9 billion budget proposal that legislative leaders unveiled Thursday. read more >