Rural Uninsured Arkansans Drop

Arkansas Works

The percentage of low-income Arkansas adults living in small towns and rural areas who lack health insurance decreased from 45% in 2008-09 to 22% in 2015-16, says a new report that credits the Medicaid expansion program known today as Arkansas Works.

The report considered adults with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. The state’s overall uninsured rate among that population fell from 46% to 21% during that time period. The uninsured rate in metropolitan counties in Arkansas fell even further, from 47% to 21%.

The report is titled, “Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion.” The report was produced by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Project.   MORE

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