Early look at Arkansas work requirements - Under new Medicaid work rules being phased in Arkansas, enrollees who are not exempt must engage in 80 hours a month of work or other qualifying activities and report their status online. KFF's issue brief reports that 69% of those affected already work or are exempt, and 29% are at risk of losing coverage. See SPW's post on work requirements creating more problems than they solve.

One fewer MCO in IL  - WellCare Health Plans' $2.5 billion purchase of Meridian Health was completed over Labor Day Weekend. With a parent now shared by Meridian and former competitor Harmony Health, this brings the number of Medicaid managed care organizations serving the state down to six. (Both CountyCare and NextLevel Health, which became a Medicaid community network in March , serve Cook County only.) We'll be keeping an eye on developments on this front.

Rx prices panel discussion - Health News Illinois, an independent, nonpartisan, online news service aimed at healthcare professionals, will host a panel discussion October 3 at MATTER in Chicago on prescription drug prices. See more details and register at Eventbrite . Follow @HealthNewsIll on Twitter for more Illinois health-related news.