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Health Raps: Insuring the Uninsured

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An Uninsured Child is Not a Good Thing!

  • Uninsured children are less likely to receive preventive care.  One-third of uninsured children did not see a doctor in the past year. Uninsured children are 70 percent more likely than children with health insurance to not receive care for common conditions like ear infections.
  • Uninsured children are 30 percent less likely to receive medical attention when they are injured.
  • Twenty-four percent of low-income uninsured children have no regular source of health care.
  • A Florida study showed that uninsured children are 25 percent more likely to miss school than insured children.
  • Uninsured children are less likely to receive proper medical care for childhood illnesses such as sore throats, earaches and asthma.
  • Children are less likely to seek care in an emergency department after enrolling in health coverage.
  • Twenty percent of uninsured children have untreated vision problems.

Arkansas Facts

Twelve percent of all children in Arkansas lack health insurance. Since the implementation of ARKids First the percent of uninsured children in Arkansas has dropped from 23 percent to 12 percent.

What is ARKids First?

  • Health insurance for children who live in low to moderate income families.
  • Covers children up to their 19th birthday.
  • Two benefits packages based on your income level.
  • ARKids First can cover medical expenses incurred 90 days prior to application.

How can you get ARKids First Health Insurance?

  • Call 1-888- 474-8275 and ask for an application to be mailed to your home.
  • Download a copy of the application at www.arkidsfirst.com Contact you local Department of Human Services office.
  • All ARKids First applications are easy to understand and are accepted by mail.
  • The application process takes about 45 days to be completed.

How can you or your organization help spread the word about ARKids First?

If anyone in your organization is interested in learning more about ARKids First and how to help families apply for the program call Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families and ask for the outreach project director (501-371-9678).

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