Arkansas to increase Medicaid vaccine reimbursement

Arkansas hospitalizations reach new pandemic high as of 8/10/21
Arkansas hospitalizations reach new pandemic high as of 8/10/21
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 9:53 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

On Monday, Aug. 9, the state set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. The ADH also reported 21 new deaths.

Over the past 24 hours, the state reports an additional 2,620 new cases and 59 more hospitalizations.

On Monday, more than 11,000 doses of the vaccine were given in Arkansas. Arkansas has 1.1 million fully vaccinated.

The daily average continues to increase as 92% of all cases and deaths were not fully vaccinated, 19% of current active cases are 18 and under.

Gov. Hutchinson says the vaccination rates among Medicaid recipients are “very low.”

The state will increase the COVID vaccine administration reimbursement rate to physicians from $40 to $100 to encourage more vaccines.

The Arkansas Department of Education has adopted a new marketing campaign to encourage vaccinations in those 12 and older.

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