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Medicaid data breach hits Arkansas; email puts medical privacy of 26,000 patients in jeopardy

The confidentiality of more than 26,000 Medicaid recipients' medical information was broken earlier this year, state officials said Friday as they prepared to notify those individuals about the breach.

Medicaid expansion rolls rise in August

1,600 enrollees added to Arkansas Works; per-person cost increases $3.24

More than 1,600 Arkansans enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program in August, raising the total number covered to almost 309,000, the Arkansas Department of Human Services reported Friday.

Arkansas' uninsured fall below U.S. rate

7.9% of state without health care

The percentage of Arkansans who lack health insurance continued to drop last year, falling below the national rate for the first time since at least 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Raise urged for chief of Arkansas health hub

The interim director of the state agency responsible for Arkansas' health insurance exchanges would keep her temporary title but get a $35,000 pay raise, bringing her salary to $165,000, under a recommendation by a committee on Wednesday.

Medicaid pay to manage care of disabled gets OK

Rules governing payments to companies that will coordinate care for about 30,000 mentally ill or developmentally disabled Medicaid recipients cleared the Legislature's public health committees on Tuesday.

Backlog of Arkansas record requests expected to clear in 2 weeks, state says

Health agency nearly caught up

A backlog of requests that caused some Arkansans to wait more than three months for birth or death certificates or other vital records should be cleared out within about two weeks, a spokesman for the state Department of Health said last week.

Arkansas OKs increases for health plan rates

If subsidies stop, insurers want more

The Arkansas Insurance Department has approved rate increases ranging from 7.8 percent to 9.9 percent for the plans that will be offered on the state's health insurance exchange next year, a department spokesman said Friday.

Arkansas in tie for third in U.S. obese report

2016 review finds 35.7% of adults in Arkansas more than overweight

Despite a statewide campaign aimed at slimming waistlines, Arkansas climbed three spots to tie for third in the latest ranking of states with the highest obesity rates, according to a report released Thursday.

Football will take Arkansas Department of Health's parking; visitor spaces go to athletic donors

The Department of Health's Markham Street headquarters in Little Rock will be open for business on Thursday afternoon, but Arkansans seeking birth certificates or other vital records won't be able to park there.

Arkansas will market health exchange on smaller budget

Panel plans to update, reuse ’16 ads

Although they're working with a smaller budget compared with last year, members of a state panel said Friday they hope to encourage more Arkansans to sign up for coverage offered on the state's health insurance exchange during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 1.