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St. Bernard’s Foundation is receiving personal protective equipment from area dentists and orthodontists to help in the fight against COVID-19.  President of the St. Bernards Foundation Kila Owens.

"The dental community in northeast Arkansas gathered together and donated gloves, masks, hand sanitizer...all of this is helpful for us as we prepare for more patients coming to St. Bernards in the COVID-19 outbreak."

Arkansas Department of Health

With the first 'presumptive' case of coronavirus in the state of Arkansas, local health officials continue to work on preparations in the event that COVID-19 comes to the region.  KASU will be talking to all of the hospitals in the region and learning their response to coronavirus.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Kasey Holder.  Holder is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Bernards Healthcare.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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Health professionals are scrambling in Kennett, Missouri to provide services for residents after the recent announcement of the closing of the city’s medical center.  

Friday is the last day of open enrollment for signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare exchanges, or marketplaces

State officials are predicting more Arkansans to enroll this year than the last -despite efforts by the Trump administration to limit the enrollment period and to curtail outreach and advertisement about its existence.

Talk Business and Politics

Health care is the big topic as open enrollment is underway across the nation for health insurance.  People without insurance from their employer can get enrolled in the marketplace.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Arkansas’ director of the marketplace Angela Lowther to learn more.


U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas says despite proposed changes to the federal healthcare bill introduced by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, he still cannot back the measure. He also doesn't think it will have the support needed to pass in the Senate.

In a statement Tuesday, the Republican said:

Despite the proposed amendments, I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate. The amendments improve the Medicaid reforms in the original bill, but do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making insurance unaffordable for too many Arkansans. The House should continue its work on this bill. It’s more important to finally get health-care reform right than to get it fast.

Mark Smith, KASU News

A rededication of historic Wilson Hall at Arkansas State University was a celebration of how a new osteopathic medical school will help serve the needs of those who are underserved in the Delta.  115 students have been accepted into the Class of 2020, 45 of those are from Arkansas.  There are 150 on a waiting list.  Over a ten-year period, more than 1,000 physicians are expected to be produced in Arkansas.  The public-private partnership is between the New York Institute of Technology and Arkansas State University…and Wilson Hall is the new NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State.