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Affordable Care Act enrollment down

Affordable Care Act enrollment down

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As of February, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

With less than a month to hit enrollment targets, federal data released on Tuesday shows that signups slowed last month, with fewer than 950,000 people choosing a plan.

And, less than 50 percent of eligible Arkansans have selected a plan.

The state health department believes the low numbers may be because of confusion.

The most common misconception comes from eligible people thinking they're automatically covered, but you must enroll in order to get coverage.

Here's the four things you need to sign up:

THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Football is a favorite past-time for many Arkansans, but it's also a fairly violent sport which can be dangerous. For the players, there are risks, specifically for young players. Many studies show high school football is the sport with the highest concussion rate.

It's been nearly five years since Timothy Robinson last played football. He can barely speak and is confined to a wheel chair. His mom is now his primary caregiver.

"There are times I cry a lot and you know what else can I do?" Evelyn McGhee says.

During a game, the 18-year-old Alabama high school student suffered a traumatic brain injury after a simple tackle. His family later sued the helmet maker. The company settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County:

Program to combat obesity in Arkansas set for December 12-13

Program to combat obesity in Arkansas set for December 12-13

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host an invitation-only program in December titled New Frontiers in Combating Obesity: A 10-Year Plan for Arkansas. The result of the two-day summit will be the formation of a plan to combat obesity in Arkansas.

The two-day summit — developed with an advisory committee comprising state leaders in health and education — will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.

“Obesity is a complex epidemic with far-reaching health and economic implications,” said Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general. “It’s a battle we can’t afford to lose and one that will require all hands on deck to win.”

Thompson, along with other health care leaders such as Dr. Joe Bates, deputy state health officer, and Dr. Dan Rahn, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will participate in the summit, as will other leaders from the education and community sectors.

CADC to distribute commodities Nov. 13 in Lonoke County

CADC to distribute commodities Nov. 13 in Lonoke County

LONOKE, Ark. (CADC) – Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA Commodities Wednesday, November 13 beginning at 9 a.m. in Lonoke County.

Commodities will be distributed at the following locations: Allport City Hall, Austin City Hall, Cabot Church of Christ located at 500 North 2nd Street, Carlisle Old City Gym, Humnoke City Hall, Lonoke County Fairgrounds, Ward Chamber of Commerce, Woodlawn Community Center, and the England Community Center. ID must be present in order to receive commodities.

The food items to be distributed may include peaches, carrots, spaghetti sauce, vegetarian beans, rotini pasta and apple sauce.

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Lonoke County

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Lonoke County

Nov. 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Magness Creek Elementary, 16150 Highway 5 in Cabot, Ark.

Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln in Cabot, Ark. (complimentary T-shirt for presenting donors, while supplies last)

Carter appoints health insurance board

Carter appoints health insurance board

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter (District 43-Cabot) announced three appointments to the Board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

The 89th General Assembly passed Act 1500 which creates the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.  The legislation also creates the Board of Directors which will plan and administer a new online site designed for individuals to find health coverage.  The Board will hire the Executive Director and necessary staff.

          The Act requires the Speaker of the Arkansas House to appoint three individuals to the Board.  Speaker Carter has appointed Sherrill Wise of Little Rock, Dr. Jerry Jones of Cabot, and Greg Hatcher of Little Rock.