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To understand the strategies that states undertake to expand coverage and initiate broader health reform, it is important to recognize the variability in states’ health coverage distribution, employer-sponsored insurance rates, and public program eligibility levels. The charts below highlight certain aspects of Arkansas coverage landscape. The graphs also provide a comparison to national data to give a sense of how Arkansas is faring. 

For more information on specific coverage programs implemented in this state, please click on the ‘Coverage Strategies’ tab.

Overview of Medicaid and SCHIP Coverage[1]

Income Eligibility
200% FPL (ages 0-19)
Pregnant Women
200% FPL
15%/200% FPL
All Adults (Safety Net Benefits Program)
200% FPL
SSI Disabled ( non-elderly)
74% FPL

Sources of Health Insurance Coverage State Data 2006 – 2007, U.S.[3]


Percentage of Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance Based on Firm Size by State, 2006[4]


[1] This overview provides a general description of state coverage levels under their Medicaid and SCHIP programs, including coverage through waivers, as of December 2008. Elgibility information was gathered from state web sites, data from state reports, and verified through contacts with CMS and state officials during the fall fo 2008. This does not reflect the specific eligibility categories or requirements. This is not intended to be a substitute for eligibility information provided by each state. Individuals interested in applying for these programs should contact the state directly for specific eligibility requirements.
[2] Parents and caretaker relatives are covered under traditional Medicaid with income up to 15% FPL; qualified uninsured parents are covered under the HIFA waiver with income up to 200% FPL.
[3] Urban Institute and Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured estimates based on the Census Bureau’s March 2007 and 2008 Current Population Survey.
[4] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends. 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component.