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    Arkansas Medicaid Expansion: It Makes Cents It’s been three weeks since the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, and it seems at least one new question has popped up each of these 21 days. The biggest question for states to address comes from the law’s requirement that states’ expand their Medicaid programs […]

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    shutterstock_206595760More than 130,000 Arkansans benefiting from the state’s decision to accept Medicaid expansion work in industries that are the foundation of the state’s economy. Those on the state’s Private Option work in jobs ranging from sales and food service to construction and health care, according to a study released today by Families USA. “By expanding […]

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    Rewa Harris-Sparks Screen CapRewa Harris-Sparks of Fayetteville works hard for her family. She still cannot afford health insurance. Thanks to the Private Option, she’s covered. “I do have a job. I work very hard every day,” Rewa says in the video. “Although I do work at the church, it’s hard to afford insurance. The private option has been a […]

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    shutterstock_110530274The state general revenue budget is often fluid. To arrive at a forecast, you look at long-term trends, national trends, local economic conditions … those calculations will tell you within some degree of certainty how much the state budget will grow. From that projection, state leaders look at who needs what. In other words, how […]

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    shutterstock_204987601A new report shows that Arkansas continues to stand out amid other southern states with one of the lowest rates of uninsured people. According to U.S. Census data released today, only 9.5 percent of Arkansans were uninsured in 2015. This great success is due to the state continuing to provide affordable coverage to low-income adults […]

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    hl-toolkit-coverToday, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is releasing a health insurance toolkit and website to help Arkansans get the care they need and navigate the complex health care system. Last summer, we held focus groups with in-person assisters, who help enroll people in coverage, about how to improve health outreach and enrollment. The results of […]

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    When ARKids First (Arkansas’s state-funded health insurance program for uninsured kids) was passed in March 1997, nearly a quarter of Arkansas children were uninsured. Fast forward almost 20 years, and our uninsured child rate is below 5%! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of ARKids First and our amazing, historical progress, we’re collecting stories from adults […]

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    This was a fairly lively week at the State Capitol. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights and a few things to look out for next week: FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY: On Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 125 into law (now Act 182) that expands access to paid maternity leave for […]

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    Today, lawmakers voted to make more changes to Arkansas Works, the state’s Medicaid expansion program that provides coverage for over 300,000 Arkansans, during a special session. With few consumer protections and details on the implementation of these policy changes, this legislation gives the state legislative approval to make four changes to Arkansas Works: lower the […]

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    The passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives will have a devastating impact on health care for Arkansas children and families. Congress rushed this through before getting an independent analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That means that our nation’s leaders and their constituents have no idea how […]

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  • 05/10/17--12:32: Kids at the Capitol 2017
  • Each legislative session brings its own bag of mixed goods, and the Regular Session of the 91st General Assembly was no different. While we were concerned about the constant push for legislation that punishes poor people, there were definitely some wins for families this year. The session began with an aggressive push by Governor Asa […]

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    The federal health bill that the House recently passed, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would be particularly harmful to Arkansas’s rural communities, according to a new report released today by the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). With debate now underway in the Senate, Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman can prevent […]

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    A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program shows children and adults in small towns and rural areas in Arkansas rely on Medicaid and ARKids First, the health coverage program for children, more than those in urban areas (referred to as […]

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    The American Health Care Act, the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May and currently under consideration by the Senate, would shift more than $350 million in yearly costs to Arkansas by 2023, according to a report by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). This would put the […]

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    Note: This blog is second in a series of posts covering the findings in the 2017 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book.  According to the annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Arkansas remains in 46th place for child health rankings, when compared to other states. Although the state […]

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    Following the special session on health care that happened in May, Arkansas is now preparing to make changes to Arkansas Works, the state’s Medicaid expansion or affordable coverage program for low-income adults. This includes changing the eligibility requirements and removing 60,000 Arkansans from the coverage program. You can read more about changes to Arkansas Works in […]

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    The bill leaves millions without health coverage. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Senate bill shows that 22 million more people would lose coverage over the next decade. This is a slight improvement from the 23 million people expected to lose coverage under the version of the bill passed by the House. […]