Arkansas slipped back one spot to 48th according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Arkansas, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Arkansas started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Arkansas's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
ARKIDS 1ST — ARKIDS 1ST provides two coverage options for more than 70,000 Arkansas children: ARKids A offers low-income families a comprehensive package of benefits; ARKids B provides coverage for families with higher incomes.
Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program — Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program regulates life and health insurance in Arkansas.
Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division — Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division follow the consumer services link on the department’s homepage.
Arkansas Insurance Department Life and Health Division — Arkansas Insurance Department Life and Health Division regulates life and health insurance in Arkansas. Love for the “Life and Health” link under the division’s menu.
Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan — Toll-free 1-800-285-6477
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement — ACHI’s mission is to be a catalyst for improving the health of Arkansans through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy, and collaborative program development.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Arkansas.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Arkansas -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Arkansas.
Why health care reform is important to Arkansas -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Arkansas.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Arkansas -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Arkansas.
Arkansas mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Arkansas -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $114 per family in 2012.
04/28/2013 3:04 PM
Arkansas News Bureau — Officials with the state’s health insurance exchange expect to more than 450,000 people to use the exchange in its first year of operation. To help them, hundreds of people are expected to be hired in four types of consumer assistance jobs.
04/16/2013 3:04 PM
Reuters — The Arkansas House approved a plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private health insurance for some state residents through the state’s health insurance exchange. The bill is expected to pass the state Senate, and it is viewed as a model for other states that are reluctant to accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.
11/24/2012 10:11 PM
thecabin.net — Given a recent extension for selecting a model for the state health insurance exchange, Arkansas has a chance to reconsiders its plans for a state-federal partnership. Incoming Republican leaders say they have too many unanswered questions to support a state-run exchange.
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