Author: David Ramsey

Ramsey, a contributing editor at the Arkansas Times and the Oxford American, has written for The Paris Review, The New Republic, Kaiser Health News, Slate, Men's Journal, The National, Hemispheres, and elsewhere. Politico wrote that his “reporting for the Arkansas Times on his state’s unusual Medicaid expansion approach set the tone of a national conversation." He was named to the Washington Post's 2015 list of best state political reporters. His work has been anthologized in "Da Capo Best Music Writing," "Best Food Writing," "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing" and the Norton Field Guide to Writing.

Arkansas eases Medicaid rules to maintain coverage during COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the Arkansas Department of Human Services is relaxing certain policies that have led to the removal of tens of thousands of Arkansans from the state’s Medicaid rolls in recent years. Around 11,000 beneficiaries whose coverage was terminated at the end of last month have now been reinstated. Many more will be reinstated as the state works to implement guidance from the federal government.

DHS continues to reimburse Medicaid managed care company co-owned by Preferred Family Healthcare

On June 29, Arkansas DHS announced it was suspending PFH from the state’s Medicaid program, halting reimbursement payments to the nonprofit’s 47 health care service sites across the state. But DHS continues to use a provider-led Medicaid managed care company that is part-owned by Preferred Family Healthcare.

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