Arkansans have many options for affordable care coverage to keep their families healthy. In the pursuit of a healthier and happier community, the state of Arkansas offers a range of state-funded healthcare options tailored to meet the diverse needs of its residents. 

Understanding the Different Levels:

  • Arkansas Medicaid and ARKids First A:
      • Traditional Medicaid in Arkansas caters to vulnerable populations, including low-income families, pregnant women, children and individuals with disabilities
      • Eligibility criteria vary, taking into account factors such as age, family size and income. The state has been proactive in expanding Medicaid coverage, ensuring a broader safety net for those who need it most.
  • Medicaid Expansion (ARHOME):
      • ARHOME, the state’s Medicaid expansion program, plays a pivotal role in providing affordable healthcare to eligible residents. This program extends coverage to low-income adults aged 19-64, including working individuals and parents. Eligibility is primarily determined based on income, with the income threshold set as a percentage of the FPL.
    • ARKids First B:
      • ARKids First is a specialized program designed to provide comprehensive healthcare coverage for children in middle-income families. It covers a wide range of services, including doctor visits, dental care and prescription medications. Through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ARKids First provides coverage to children in working families who are not eligible for Medicaid but cannot afford private coverage. Eligibility is based on income and family size, ensuring children receive the care they need to thrive. 
  • Medicare:
    • For eligible seniors aged 65 and older, and certain younger individuals with disabilities. Medicare is a federal health insurance program that provides coverage for hospital stays, medical services, and prescription drugs. While not a state-funded program, understanding Medicare is crucial for older Arkansans seeking comprehensive healthcare coverage.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age:
      • Medicaid programs in Arkansas often have specific age requirements. While ARHOME covers adults aged 19-64, ARKids First focuses on providing healthcare for children in families with limited financial resources.
    • Income:
      • Income eligibility is a crucial factor in determining eligibility for state-funded healthcare programs. The income thresholds are typically expressed as a percentage of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). It’s important to stay informed about the current guidelines to assess your eligibility accurately.
  • Federal Poverty Level (FPL):
    • The FPL serves as a benchmark to gauge financial need. The income eligibility for state-funded healthcare programs is often expressed as a percentage of the FPL, ensuring that assistance is directed toward those who fall below a certain economic threshold. 

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