State’s Number Of Uninsured Children Rising

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A report released Wednesday said the percentage of uninsured Arkansas children is rising. To reverse the trend, an advocacy group said the state should determine eligibility for all ARKids First recipients annually and not monthly, and increase its outreach efforts with immigrant families.

Those were some of the findings in an Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families report, “Removing the Hurdles to the Finish Line.” The “finish line” would be 100% coverage.

The report said Arkansas has reduced its uninsured rate through efforts such as the ARKids First program covering lower-income children, and the adult program now known as Arkansas Works. Fifty-two percent of all Arkansas children are covered by Medicaid and ARKids First.      MORE

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