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Arkansas health insurance

A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the Natural State

arkansas guide to health insurance

How healthy is it living in Arkansas? The state slipped back one spot to 48th according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • The number of infants who die before age one has decreased over the past ten years and is now at 7.5 deaths per 1,000 births.
  • Binge drinking remains low.

The bad news:

  • The percentage of adult smokers was already high and increased to 27 percent in the latest report.
  • About 30 percent of adults are obese and are not physically active. About 11 percent have diabetes.

Best and worst category ratings for Arkansas:

  • Binge Drinking – 5th
  • Public Health Funding – 18th
  • Smoking – 48th
  • Poor Physical Health Days – 48th
  • Infectious Disease – 49th
  • Poor Mental Health Days – 50th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Arkansas.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Arkansas health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Arkansas here.

Get local health results

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.


Does Arkansas have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
Toll-free 1-800-285-6477

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Arkansas started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed 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.

More Arkansas resources

Arkansas state health insurance exchange

Arkansas’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.

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$7.7 million to 115,461 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $114 per Arkansas family in 2012.

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healthreformvotes.org

Find out how your member of the Arkansas Congressional delegation voted on health care.

AR state government resources

Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan

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Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division

Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division follow the consumer services link on the department’s…

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…

Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program  regulates life and health insurance in…

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…

AR advocacy resources

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…

Arkansas health insurance companies

Aetna
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Celtic Ins. Co.
Golden Rule
Humana
Mercy Health Plans
QCA Health Plan Inc

Health insurance for AR individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Arkansas. If you are looking for Arkansas Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.