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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (left), accompanied by Sen. Mike Rounds of the same party, speaks Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington about a two-year deal with Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, that would provide funding for key subsidies to health insurers.

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Senators unveil deal to restore care-law aid

Republican and Democratic senators unveiled a plan Tuesday that aims to stabilize the nation's health insurance markets by extending federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

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Governor sees flawed strategy on health repeal

He calls for fixes as subsidy’s end will hit 4,000 Arkansans

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for insurance companies won't increase the cost of the state's expanded Medicaid program, known as Arkansas Works, but will hurt about 4,000 people who are in unsubsidized plans offered through the state's insurance exchange.

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Cotton bill seeks care-mandate exemptions

U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Tuesday introduced legislation that would exempt some lower-income Americans from a tax that is assessed on people who forgo health insurance.

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Double-digit increases OK’d for Arkansas’ health plans after subsidy paid to insurers ends

In response to President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for health insurance companies, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr on Friday approved double-digit rate increases for the plans that will be offered on the state's insurance exchange next year.

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President touts health system redo

President Donald Trump said Friday that he is moving "step by step" on his own to remake the U.S. health care system because Congress won't act on his demand to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's prescription drug plan penalty upheld

Judge: Medicare ruling reasonable

A judge on Thursday declined a request from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield that he lift a federal agency's sanction preventing the company from enrolling new customers in its Medicare prescription drug plans during the annual sign-up period that starts Sunday.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield sues over drug plans

U.S.-levied enrollment ban defies law’s intent, firm says

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has filed a lawsuit over a decision by federal officials to bar the insurer from enrolling new customers in its Medicare prescription drug plans this year.

Adding kids to coverage advances; state committees vote to include Marshallese children in Medicaid

Rules extending Medicaid coverage to Marshallese children, as well as certain other children, cleared the state Legislature's public health committees on Tuesday.

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Bid to push insurance sign-ups kicks off

Former officials of President Barack Obama's administration are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.