Affordable Health Insurance Arkansas
There is a wide verity of insurance companies in the state of Arkansas that provide healthcare for children and adults. One of the largest providers in the State is ARKids First, this is the state’s federally funded children’s health insurance program. Another program Arkansas has is the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which is a Little Rock based nonprofit origination. The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has set a goal to reach thousands of uninsured children through a planned outreach program. QCA Health Plan Inc., Mercy Health Plans, and Humana are a few other insurance providers that operate in the state.
Arkansas hospitals have an average rating of 9.0 throughout the state. In the National Report Card for Palliative Care Arkansas received a C. At least 50% of the deaths in Arkansas are preventable diseases. Deaths in Arkansas due to lung cancer are ranked second in the United States. Arkansans also suffer excessively from poor nutrition, yet another unhealthy and changeable behavior that results in preventable deaths. Arkansas ranks number one in the United States in women with obesity-related diabetes and fourth for ischemic heart disease. Experts say poverty is strongly linked with health problems, but still the threshold for Medicaid eligibility in Arkansas is a measly $3,100 in annual income for a family. A family ineligible for Medicaid in Arkansas could move to some other State’s and be eligible until their annual income reaches $37,500. However, all the bad health across the State of Arkansas is not entirely the fault of hospitals or insurance programs. Most of this can be blamed on the health choices people in Arkansas are making. Arkansas is home to Arkansas Children's Hospital, which is one of the top five hospitals in the Nation for pediatric heart transplants and one of the top pediatric hospitals in the United States. In April of 2003, Arkansas Children's Hospital announced the arrival of a new robotic surgery technology for its patients. The robot’s help allows the surgeon to perform difficult operations through small incisions, which could result in less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.