For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.
Basic Information on Health Reform in Arkansas
Arkansas has expanded Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i] Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Arkansas.[ii]
Health Insurance Exchange Information: Arkansas has adopted a State-Federal Partnership model for their health insurance exchange.[iii] People can purchase low-cost plans on the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and take advantage of any federal tax subsidies that apply.
Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Arkansas can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th. If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for and enroll in these benefits:
2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[v]
3) They can contact the Marketplace call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325).[vi]
Arkansas Medicaid and Health Insurance Links
Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-482-5431)[viii]
Link to contact information for local Arkansas Department of Human Services County Offices[ix]
Description of benefits covered by Medicaid in Arkansas: Arkansas’s Essential Health Benefits base benchmark plan is composed of benefits offered through the Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Advantage Point of Service (POS) Plan and is supplemented with the mental health and substance abuse benefits from the Second Largest Federal Employee Health Benefit plan (the QualChoice Federal Plan) and the CHIP plans for pediatric dental and vision.[xi]
Where do you apply for coverage on Arkansas’ health insurance exchange? Arkansas does not have its own health insurance exchange. Apply for coverage at Heathcare.gov.
State Health Information
How many people in Arkansas are eligible to participate? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 15% (430,400) of Arkansas’ population was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 628,000.[xviii]
How many are enrolled so far? 54,885 individuals have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xix]
How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 281,000 of Arkansas’ uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 183,000 of them are adults.[xx]
Is Arkansas a Medicaid health home state? Yes, link to information about Arkansas health homes.
Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?
Other Related Information and Links for Arkansas
Link to the Mental Health Council of Arkansas to get information about Arkansas’ mental health and substance use disorder service providers
General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:
Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxii]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxiii]
SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxiv]
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[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Arkansas, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 11:37 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/arkansas.html.
[ii] See supra at 97.
[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.
[iv] See Arkansas Department of Human Services, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 12:08 p.m., https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetProviderEnrollment/StartAnApplication.aspx
[v] See Healthcare.gov, Create An Account, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:55 a.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.
[vi] See supra at 101.
[vii] See Arkansas Medicaid Agency, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 12:10 p.m., https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/.
[viii] See Arkansas Medicaid Agency, Consumer Information, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 12:12 p.m., https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetSolution/Consumer/Consumer.aspx.
[ix] See Arkansas Department of Human Services, County Offices, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 12:17 p.m., https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetSolution/General/units/cooff.aspx
[x] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 12:18 p.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)
[xi] See Arkansas Medicaid’s Alternative Benefit Plan (approved by CMS 12/19/2014), http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/rulesRegs/Arkansas%20Register/2015/jan2015/016.06.13-016.pdf
[xii] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:20 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Arkansas (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).
[xiii] See Arkansas.gov, Human Services, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 12:25 p.m., http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dms/DMS%20Public/Medicaid_Program_Overview_SFY2012.pdf.
[xiv] See Arkansas Department of Human Services, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 1:22 p.m., http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dhsDocuments/DHSOrgChart.pdf
[xv] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:19 a.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)
[xvi] See Arkansas Medicaid, Provider Documents, last viewed at December 19, 2014 at 1:24 p.m., https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetSolution/Provider/docs/docs.aspx.
[xvii]See HealthCare.gov, Get Answers, last viewed at December 19, 2014, at 1:32 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/.
[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=AR.
[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 11:55 a.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[xx] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:31 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-arkansas/.
[xxi] See Arkansas State Legislature, House, Public Health Welfare and Labor Committee, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:37 p.m., http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/pages/CommitteeDetail.aspx?committeecode=830.
[xxii] See Arkansas State Legislature, Senate, Public Health Welfare and Labor Committee, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:37 p.m., http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/pages/CommitteeDetail.aspx?committeecode=430.
[xxiii] See Arkansas Department of Corrections, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:40 p.m., http://adc.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx
[xxiv] See Arkansas.gov, Department of Human Services, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:45 pm: http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dbhs/pages/oadap.aspx.
[xxv] See Arkansas.gov, Department of Human Services, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:50 p.m., http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dbhs/Pages/default.aspx.
[xxvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=AR.
[xxvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxix] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.
[xxx] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.
[xxxi] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.
[xxxii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.
xxxiii See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx