Health Care


Another restaurant worker tests positive for hepatitis A in northeast Arkansas

The state will offer hepatitis A vaccinations in Jonesboro on Friday and Monday after a restaurant employee tested positive for the virus.

Arkansas health officials report out-of-season uptick in flu cases

Months after the state's deadliest flu season in at least 30 years, health officials said Wednesday that they already are seeing an unusual uptick in cases as they prepare for the next season.

Insurance-savings idea floated; Arkansas legislators told of option to fold exchange into state agency

The Arkansas Insurance Department could lower a fee charged to insurance companies and reduce state spending by more than $3.2 million by taking over responsibility for the state's health insurance exchange, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr told legislators Tuesday.

4,353 off Medicaid raises concern

Federal panel alarmed by results of Arkansas work rules

Members of a federal advisory panel expressed alarm last week that 4,350 low-income people in Arkansas had lost Medicaid coverage because they failed to show they were complying with new work requirements.

Care provider will try again to sell in state

Preferred Family contacts Spa City’s Quapaw House

One of Arkansas' biggest mental health services companies, embroiled in a federal political corruption investigation for the past 21 months, is making a second attempt to sell its operations in the state.

Health care coverage linked to campaign for U.S. House

State Rep. Clarke Tucker, flanked by several people with pre-existing medical conditions, attacked U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., on Wednesday for his vote last year on a measure that would have made substantial changes to the U.S. health care system.

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Medicaid rule meant to aid, Arkansas governor says

Moving people into jobs cited as goal

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he would like to see fewer people lose their Arkansas Works health coverage, and more of them move into jobs, as a result of the program's work requirement.

Arkansas health hub's chief gets raise; her salary now $150,000

Marketplace board ends contract for insurance ‘navigators’

The state board in charge of Arkansas' health insurance exchange voted Wednesday to give its director a 5 percent pay raise, taking her salary to $150,000.

Sale fails, Preferred Family to exit state

A Missouri nonprofit that once was Arkansas' major behavioral health provider said Tuesday that it will cease operations in the state by Oct. 12.

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GOP in no hurry to repeal health law

Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That's one additional Republican ready to get rid of the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his thumbs-down vote last year.

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Health insurance rates even out

Study finds law’s marketplaces stabilizing, insurers returning

Millions of people covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year's midterm elections.

State to join lawsuit on Medicaid's work rule

A judge on Thursday granted Arkansas' request to be named alongside federal agencies and officials as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the work requirement for Arkansas Works enrollees.