Arkansas health insurance
The Natural State is ranked 49th in annual study of state healthiness
How healthy is it living in Arkansas? The state came in at #49 in the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Arkansas was ranked #49
Hurting the state's ranking: factors such as the high prevalence of smoking, obesity and physical inactivity and low levels of immunization coverage among adolescents.
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
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.