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15 May
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Arkansas Works Launches June 1

Arkansas Works, the state’s updated version of Medicaid expansion that covers more than 280,000 people, goes live this summer. Arkansas’ expansion, once called the private option, has been in place since 2013. This March, the Trump administration approved new work requirement rules proposed by the state. The work requirement for the first group of Arkansas Works clients goes live June 1.

Arkansas Works provides health insurance to people below 138 percent of federal poverty level.

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27 Apr
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Arkansans to Access Free Dental Care

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Delta Dental of Arkansas

Apr 02, 2018, 08:55 ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Arkansans suffering dental pain and discomfort will find needed relief at the 2018 Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) on April 27-28, 2018 at the Conway Expo Center in Conway, Arkansas.

ArMOM is an annual 2-day free dental clinic for underserved Arkansans started by the Arkansas State Dental Association. All services are provided free of charge by members of the ASDA, assisted by a host of volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteers of all types are needed, including hundreds of general volunteers and health professionals such as dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and pharmacists.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. each day for cleanings, fillings and extractions. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No income or eligibility requirements are necessary.

Since ArMOM started in 2007, over 20,000 patients have been treated in only 22 total clinic days. The number of procedures performed is staggering. With approximately 33,000 extractions of bad teeth and over 14,500 fillings and other restorations, ArMOM has donated an estimated $11,500,000 worth of free dental care to patients who might otherwise have no hope of receiving care.

Organized by the Arkansas State Dental Association, ArMOM is funded by several sponsors, including the Walmart Foundation and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. Sponsorships are still available.

For more information about the clinic, volunteering or sponsorships, please visit www.arkansasmissionofmercy.org or call 1-800-501-2732.

About Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM)
ArMOM is an annual two-day free dental clinic for underserved Arkansans sponsored by the Arkansas State Dental Association. All services are provided free of charge by members of the Arkansas State Dental Association, assisted by a host of volunteers. ArMOM provides dental care for the relief of pain to underserved Arkansans. For more information, visit arkansasmissionofmercy.org.

About Delta Dental of Arkansas
Delta Dental of Arkansas is the largest dental benefits provider in the state, helping more than 800,000 Arkansans keep their smiles healthy through commercial and Medicaid coverage. As a not-for-profit company, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral health of Arkansans through the philanthropic efforts of its Foundation, which donated more than $3 million to support oral health education initiatives in the last year. For more information, visit deltadentalar.com.

Media Contact: Dave Hawsey
Delta Dental of Arkansas
(501) 813-2315 cell
dhawsey@deltadentalar.com

 

SOURCE Delta Dental of Arkansas

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27 Apr
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Arkansas “Drug Take-Back Day” Set for Saturday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day, and across Arkansas, there will be hundreds of locations to drop off expired or unused medications.

Officials say keeping prescription drugs indefinitely in a medicine cabinet can be an invitation to abuse, and improperly disposing of them risks harming the environment and tainting the food supply. Scott Pace, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, an event sponsor, says his group became concerned over the growing opioid crisis in Arkansas.

Officials say keeping prescription drugs indefinitely in a medicine cabinet can be an invitation to abuse, and improperly disposing of them risks harming the environment and tainting the food supply. Scott Pace, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, an event sponsor, says his group became concerned over the growing opioid crisis in Arkansas.

“This is the first time that we can ever say that an accidental overdose has exceeded an accidental motor vehicle accident death rate, in Arkansas and across the country – and it’s preventable,” says Pace. “And it’s one of those things that we feel like we can be part of the solution, and we want to help facilitate that.”

Arkansas Drug Take-Back Day is a twice-a-year event sponsored by 25 groups, including state agencies such as the Arkansas Department of Health, law enforcement, medical associations and environmental groups.

There will be more than 300 drug drop-off locations in every part of the state, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To find the one closest to you, look online at ‘ARTakeBack.org.’

Pace says they strongly recommend against tossing out old prescription drugs, or flushing them down the toilet.

“There has been a decent amount of data over the years that have shown that when you flush medicine, that they ultimately end up back in the water supply,” says Pace. “So, it’s not the safest way of disposing of those medications.”

He warns that storing expired medications around the house can also be an invitation to trouble for children and others.

“We know that the very first place that people who try prescription drugs for the first time is not from a doctor, it’s not from a pharmacist,” says Pace. “It’s from their aunt or uncle, their mother, their father, their grandmother, grandfather – getting medications out of a medicine cabinet.”

Officials say take-back sites will accept prescription drugs and other medicines in their original containers, but will not accept items such as needles, lancets or syringes, thermometers, aerosol cans, empty containers, or anything containing blood or potentially infectious waste.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service – AR

 

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26 Apr
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Hill Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Opioid Trafficking

Representative French Hill (R-AR) introduced the Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act, which is designed to fight the opioid epidemic by strengthening penalties for fentanyl distribution and trafficking and providing additional screening resources for the United States Postal Service.

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25 Apr
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Community Compassion Taught in Springdale

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Community Centers of Arkansas came together Tuesday with other groups to teach people how to reach out and care for different communities in Arkansas.

Attendees learned the best practices to develop culturally appropriate care for the vulnerable and underserved populations.

Some of the topics included in the summit were health of faith based communities and the Marshallese.

“For me it’s a very different mix of people, I usually speak to students who are people that are apart of the communities but not necessarily professionals that are physicians or people that work in clinics,” said Director Bassam Tariq.

The summit will also be taking place in Monticello on Thursday and West Memphis on Friday.

 

 

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23 Apr
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The Impact of Relationship-Based Care

SCF undertook a major study on relationship-based care. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether customer-owners who are empanelled (chose to be assigned) to a primary care provider perceive that their relationship with that provider is important to improving their health, to evaluate the quality of that relationship, and to measure the impact of customer-owner and provider factors on the quality of the relationship and on health outcomes.

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08 Mar
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Community Health – Creating A Healthy Arkansas- Winter 2018

The third edition of Community Health- Creating A Healthy Arkansas is now available.

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06 Mar
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Arkansas Gets OK to Add Work Requirement for Medicaid Recipients

March 6, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas officials say they will soon begin requiring most Medicaid recipients to work, but advocacy groups say it’s just another burden on people whose lives are already difficult.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the approval Monday of a federal waiver allowing Arkansas to implement the work requirement on participants in the state’s Arkansas Works program.

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05 Mar
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Trump administration approves Arkansas Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration approved a request from Arkansas allowing the state to require certain Medicaid enrollees work, volunteer, or take classes as a condition of staying enrolled in the program.

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05 Mar
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Work requirement OK’d for Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced the approval of a federal waiver allowing Arkansas to implement a work requirement on many of the recipients of the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion program.

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