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6,700 to pay $75 more for coverage

More than 6,700 school and state employees will pay higher premiums for health insurance next year because they or their spouses failed to fill out questionnaires about their health, a state official said Tuesday. → Read More

Clothing store owner named director for DHS division

A women's clothing store owner who is treasurer of the state Republican Party has been named director of a new state unit responsible for reducing waste and improper spending in the state's $7 billion Medicaid program. → Read More

Window opens to enroll for coverage

Millions of uninsured Americans, including tens of thousands of Arkansans, once again have the chance to enroll in health coverage and apply for subsidies to help pay for it. → Read More

Window opens to enroll for coverage

Millions of uninsured Americans, including tens of thousands of Arkansans, once again have the chance to enroll in health coverage and apply for subsidies to help pay for it. → Read More

Governor trims his Medicaid redo list

In a letter to legislators, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he agrees with a consultant that two of the seven points in his proposal to change the state's private-option Medicaid program should be scrapped. → Read More

Governor backs goal to cut obesity

Saying it will help improve Arkansas' economy, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced his support for a 10-year plan aimed at reducing the state's obesity rate. → Read More

Woman sues to get her Medicaid eligibility status reviewed

A Brickeys woman sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Friday, saying she has been waiting more than 10 months for word on whether she's eligible for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program. → Read More

Medicaid's enrollment takes a dip

The number of people approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program rose to 263,387 in July before falling by almost 29,219 by the end of September, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Human Services. → Read More

Adviser: Keep private option

Arkansas should continue its private-option Medicaid program while adding requirements to encourage healthful behavior and for unemployed recipients to find jobs, a consulting firm recommended Wednesday. → Read More

Medicaid project's losses cut to $14.2M

Just over $14 million -- not $30 million -- has been wasted during the installation of Arkansas' new Medicaid eligibility verification and enrollment system, a state official told legislators on Friday. → Read More

State to repay $1M in U.S. grant money

The Arkansas Insurance Department has agreed to repay about $1 million in grant money that federal officials say was improperly spent on expenses related to the state's federally operated health insurance exchange, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Friday. → Read More

Governor pitches insurance subsidies

Subsidizing some employer-sponsored insurance with Medicaid funds would affect an estimated 7,700 low-income Arkansans and save the state's Medicaid program $29 million annually, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told an advisory group Thursday. → Read More

Governor says halt insurance hub work

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell this week that he has asked a state board to "pause" the development of a health insurance exchange for individual consumers. → Read More

Long-term care at crossroads, DHS says

To control the cost of providing long-term care to the elderly, disabled and mentally ill, the state will need to hire a managed care company or spend more money to administer the Medicaid program, the director of the state Department of Human Services told legislators Wednesday. → Read More

Top tech officer at DHS quits

The state Department of Human Services' chief information officer has resigned after months of legislative scrutiny of the department's implementation of a Medicaid enrollment and eligibility-verification system. → Read More

Losses on tech upgrades at Medicaid put at $30M

About a quarter of the $120 million the state has spent so far on a new Medicaid enrollment system has gone toward features that don't work, a state Department of Human Services technology official estimated Thursday. → Read More

Medicaid limbo catches 31,400

As of Aug. 2, as many as 31,400 Arkansans had been waiting longer than the maximum time allowed for word that their applications for Medicaid had been approved, according to numbers from the state Department of Human Services. → Read More

Medicaid ends for 17,000 despite reprieve for others

More than 17,000 individuals will lose their health coverage today despite a federally mandated change in Arkansas' process for conducting Medicaid renewals, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. → Read More

U.S. to state: 10 days too few

A federal agency has directed the Arkansas Department of Human Services to give Arkansans more time to prove they remain eligible for Medicaid benefits. → Read More

Governor: Realign Medicaid

Arkansas should continue using Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, but limit coverage to those earning a minimum income, Gov. Asa Hutchinson recommended Wednesday. → Read More