Analysis: health care policy FAQ

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 09:02

Health care policy impacts millions of Americans, including the more than 300,000 Arkansans currently covered by the state’s Medicaid expansion program. The details, however, can get confusing quickly. It’s hard enough to keep track of all the names — private option, Arkansas Works, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, ACA, AHCA. On top of that, it seems like every month lawmakers propose to shift the policy ground beneath our feet. The Arkansas legislature met in a special session earlier this month to approve Governor Hutchinson’s plan to alter the state’s Medicaid expansion, adding work requirements and cutting eligibility. That plan now awaits approval from the federal government. The same day the governor signed that bill into law, the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act, which would completely undercut the governor’s proposal and threaten the very existence of Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. It’s now in the Senate, awaiting a vote.

Brawner: Tax cuts: First answer how

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 08:41

Your state taxes were cut by $100 million in 2015 and about half that much this year. In 2019, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state legislators intend to cut them again.

A Look Back: Community Bands

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 08:01

On Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and preserve liberty and freedom. It was in 1971 when Congress passed the National Holiday Act which designated the last Monday of May as a federal holiday to honor those who died defending our country.

Van Fossen Comes Home: Memorial Service Held at Heber Springs

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 07:00

Thursday afternoon, Staff Sgt. Robert Van Fossen finally came home. Greenbrier turned out to welcome him back as his motorcade passed through his hometown. Saturday, he was laid to rest with full military honors at the Cleburne County Memorial Gardens cemetery.

Yesterdays: 05/28/17

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 03:41

May 28

York: At this rate, it won’t matter if Trump colluded with Russia

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 02:01

Throughout the Trump-Russia investigation, the core question — the question that mattered above all others — was whether President Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to try to influence the 2016 election. If there were proof of that, the effect on Trump’s presidency would have been devastating, and possibly fatal.

Sam Houston upends Bears for SLC title

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 21:23

Sam Houston State completed an undefeated run to the Southland Conference tournament championship and won its eighth straight game Saturday night with a 9-4 victory over the University of Central Arkansas at Constellation Field at Sugar Land, Texas.

The Bearkats (41-20), who were swept by...

Razorbacks reach SEC title game

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 21:30

HOOVER, Ala.— The University of Arkansas continued its offensive onslaught in the SEC baseball tournament, run-ruling Floriday, 16-0, in the semifinals Saturday.

Hagerla leads Bears to SLC title game

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 18:08

SUGAR LAND, Texas _ With a championship date on the line, University of Central Arkansas senior righthander Brandon Hagerla took the ball and t0ok 0ver Saturday afternoon in the Southand Conference baseball tournament.

Rescuers learn high-angle techniques

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:58

The Conway Fire Department shaped up its rescue team with a high-angle rescue training session Thursday.