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 Health Care Reform in Arkansas


In March 2010, the federal health care reform bill was signed into law. This included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.  Together these bills are referred to as The Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of this legislation is to:

  • Expand coverage to uninsured Americans;
  • Require individuals to purchase health insurance;
  • Expand eligibility for high-risk pools and Medicaid;
  • Eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions and lifetime limits;
  • Establish health insurance exchanges;
  • Reduce fraud in the current system; and,
  • Ensure a specific portion of insurance premium is dedicated to medical expenses.

The information here is intended to keep Arkansans informed about the health care reform legislation and provide updates on the Arkansas Department of Human Service health care reform activities.

 Overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Overview of Health Reform for Arkansans (by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement) 

Health Care Reform Glossary


Health Homes for Enrollees with Chronic Conditions, Support for State Planning Activities  Attachment
by Anna Makogonova (DHS)
 3/28/2011 4:43 PM
HHS Announces $100 Million in Affordable Care Act Grants to Prevent Disease  
by Anna Makogonova (DHS)
 3/28/2011 4:30 PM
Arkansas DHS submits response to the Proposed Rule: Medicaid: Federal Funding for Medicaid Eligibility Determination and Enrollment Activities  Attachment
by Anna Makogonova (DHS)
 3/28/2011 4:14 PM
ACHI posts new Issue Brief - Affordable Care Act: Implications for Arkansas Adults  Attachment
by Anna Makogonova (DHS)
 3/28/2011 4:14 PM
Arkansas receives $14,394,768 in Recovery Act Funding for Community Health Centers  Attachment
by Anna Makogonova (DHS)
 3/28/2011 4:11 PM

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 Links and Resources

  Arkansas Insurance Department
  White House Web Page on Health Care Reform
  Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
  Mental Health Council of Arkansas
  Bureau of Legislative Research: Health Reform Research