Arkansas

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Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks.

#44 Arkansas's 2022 Rank

The 2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance identifies a range of health care system deficiencies, and how they have been exacerbated by the pandemic. See why Arkansass ranked #44 this year.

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Arkansas Performance Data

Show All Performance Areas
Access to Health Care
Children
Consumer Insurance and Medical Costs
Health Care System Spending
Health Insurance Coverage
Health Status and Outcomes
Hospital Safety and Quality
Mental Health
Older Adults
Outpatient Safety and Quality
Post-Acute Care and Long Term Care
Potentially Avoidable Care
Preventive and Well Care
Primary Health Care
Reproductive Care and Women’s Health
Working Age Adults
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Access to Health Care

Access to Health Care
Indicator
Latest
U.S. Avg.
Adults who went without care because of cost
13.9%
2022
11.2%
Adults with a usual source of care
85%
2022
82%
Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
29%
2019-20
28%
Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
46%
2019-20
55%
Adults without a dental visit
44.5%
2022
36.1%
Children who received needed mental health care
84.4%
2021-22
80.6%
61.1%
2021-22
64.4%
Children with a medical home
46.5%
2021-22
44.9%
Youth with depression who did not receive mental health services
55%
2019-20
60%

Children

Children
Indicator
Latest
U.S. Avg.
Children who are overweight or obese
37.5%
2021-22
32.7%
Children who received needed mental health care
84.4%
2021-22
80.6%
61.1%
2021-22
64.4%
Children with a medical home
46.5%
2021-22
44.9%
Children with all recommended vaccines
68%
2021
72%
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births
7.4
2020
5.4
Uninsured children
6.2%
2022
5.1%
Youth with depression who did not receive mental health services
55%
2019-20
60%
Consumer Insurance and Medical Costs
Consumer Insurance and Medical Costs
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults who went without care because of cost
13.9%
2022
11.2%
Employee contribution to total premium cost for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$5,231
2021
$4,967
Employee deductible for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$3,148
2021
$3,371
5.8%
2021
4.6%
Employee total potential out-of-pocket medical costs
$8,379
2021
$8,338
Employee total potential out-of-pocket medical costs, as a share of state median income
15.4%
2021
11.5%
Individuals with high out-of-pocket medical spending
14%
2021-22
10%
People with medical debt
17.8%
2021
12.6%
Total premium cost for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$15,164
2021
$17,650
27.8%
2021
24.2%
Health Care System Spending
Health Care System Spending
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Doctors' office visit employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$466
2021
$540
Doctors' office visit spending per Medicare beneficiary
$963
2021
$1,088
Home health spending per Medicare beneficiary
$497
2021
$518
Inpatient employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$1,123
2021
$1,512
Inpatient spending per Medicare beneficiary
$2,549
2021
$2,563
Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
5.3%
2021
5.3%
Primary care spending as share of total, ages 18–64
8.1%
2021
6.9%
Primary care spending per beneficiary, age 65 and older
$564
2021
$621
Primary care spending per enrollee, ages 18–64
$501
2021
$558
Public health funding
$49
2019
$40
Skilled nursing facility spending per Medicare beneficiary
$765
2021
$821
Total employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$4,255
2021
$6,060
Total spending per Medicare beneficiary
$10,696
2021
$10,478
Health Insurance Coverage
Health Insurance Coverage
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Uninsured adults
11.9%
2022
11.2%
Uninsured children
6.2%
2022
5.1%
Health Status and Outcomes
Health Status and Outcomes
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults who are obese
39.2%
2022
34.3%
Adults who have lost six or more teeth
15.5%
2022
8.6%
Adults who report fair or poor health
21.2%
2022
16%
Adults who smoke
18.6%
2022
12.9%
Alcohol deaths per 100,000 population
12.1
2021
14.4
Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population
21.5
2021
19.4
Children who are overweight or obese
37.5%
2021-22
32.7%
Colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population
15.5
2021
13.4
Drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population
22.3
2021
32.4
Hospital 30-day mortality
13.1%
07/2018 - 06/2021
12.3%
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births
7.4
2020
5.4
Maternal mortality per 100,000 live births
42.7
2019-2021
25.6
Mortality amenable to health care, deaths per 100,000 population
131
2019-20
86.8
Premature avoidable deaths per 100,000 population
450.5
2020-21
320.8
Premature deaths from preventable causes per 100,000 population
315.7
2020-21
231.9
Premature deaths from treatable causes per 100,000 population
134.8
2020-21
88.8
Public health funding
$49
2019
$40
Suicide deaths per 100,000 population
20.6
2021
14.1
Hospital Safety and Quality
Hospital Safety and Quality
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
49
2021
49
Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), Standardized Infection Ratio
1.144
2021
0.921
60
2021
60
79
2021
78
76
2021
78
Hospital 30-day mortality
13.1%
07/2018 - 06/2021
12.3%
Hospital 30-day readmissions age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
33.1
2021
33.1
Hospital 30-day readmissions ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
2.8
2021
2.9
84%
2021
86%
Mental Health
Mental Health
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
29%
2019-20
28%
Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
46%
2019-20
55%
Alcohol deaths per 100,000 population
12.1
2021
14.4
Antidepressant use and adherence for depression
40.1%
2021
38.2%
Children who received needed mental health care
84.4%
2021-22
80.6%
Drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population
22.3
2021
32.4
Suicide deaths per 100,000 population
20.6
2021
14.1
Youth with depression who did not receive mental health services
55%
2019-20
60%
Older Adults
Older Adults
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
At risk adults with a recent check-up
89.6%
2022
90.7%
Doctors' office visit spending per Medicare beneficiary
$963
2021
$1,088
Home health patients with a hospital admission
16%
2019
15%
Home health spending per Medicare beneficiary
$497
2021
$518
Hospital 30-day mortality
13.1%
07/2018 - 06/2021
12.3%
Hospital 30-day readmissions age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
33.1
2021
33.1
Inpatient spending per Medicare beneficiary
$2,549
2021
$2,563
18%
2020
17%
Older adults who received the pneumonia vaccine
70.1%
2022
70%
Potentially avoidable ED visits age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
142.5
2021
141.3
Preventable hospitalizations age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
31.7
2021
28.6
Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
5.3%
2021
5.3%
Primary care spending per beneficiary, age 65 and older
$564
2021
$621
Skilled nursing facility spending per Medicare beneficiary
$765
2021
$821
Total spending per Medicare beneficiary
$10,696
2021
$10,478
Outpatient Safety and Quality
Outpatient Safety and Quality
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults with low back pain with an imaging study at diagnosis
68.2%
2021
69.1%
Appropriate antibiotic among adults with bacterial pneumonia
52.4%
2021
44.3%
Post-Acute Care and Long Term Care
Post-Acute Care and Long Term Care
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Home health patients whose wounds healed after an operation
93%
2019
92%
Home health patients with a hospital admission
16%
2019
15%
Home health patients with improved mobility
84%
2019
80%
Home health spending per Medicare beneficiary
$497
2021
$518
18%
2020
17%
Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
11.9%
2020
14.4%
Nursing home residents with pressure sores
5.5%
2017
5.6%
Skilled nursing facility spending per Medicare beneficiary
$765
2021
$821
Potentially Avoidable Care
Potentially Avoidable Care
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults with low back pain with an imaging study at diagnosis
68.2%
2021
69.1%
Hospital 30-day readmissions age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
33.1
2021
33.1
Hospital 30-day readmissions ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
2.8
2021
2.9
Potentially avoidable ED visits age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
142.5
2021
141.3
Potentially avoidable ED visits ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
127.5
2021
133.9
Preventable hospitalizations age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
31.7
2021
28.6
Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
4.3
2021
4.4
Preventive and Well Care
Preventive and Well Care
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adult women who received a cervical cancer screening Pap test
70.1%
2020
75.8%
Adult women who received a mammogram
74.4%
2022
76.7%
Adult women who received a recommended cervical cancer screening test
80.2%
2022
82%
Adults ages 45–74 who received a colon cancer screening test
56.4%
2022
59.5%
Adults who received a colon cancer screening test
71.4%
2020
72.4%
Adults with a recent flu shot
43.1%
2022
45%
Adults with age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
64.8%
2020
68.8%
Adults with age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings (2022 update)
59.6%
2022
64.6%
Adults with age-appropriate vaccines
39.9%
2022
41.9%
Adults without a dental visit
44.5%
2022
36.1%
At risk adults with a recent check-up
89.6%
2022
90.7%
61.1%
2021-22
64.4%
Children with all recommended vaccines
68%
2021
72%
Diabetic adults with an annual hemoglobin A1c test
88.6%
2021
90.1%
Diabetic adults with an annual LDL-C test
66.9%
2021
79.3%
Older adults who received the pneumonia vaccine
70.1%
2022
70%
Premature avoidable deaths per 100,000 population
450.5
2020-21
320.8
Premature deaths from preventable causes per 100,000 population
315.7
2020-21
231.9
Premature deaths from treatable causes per 100,000 population
134.8
2020-21
88.8
Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
5.3%
2021
5.3%
Primary care spending as share of total, ages 18–64
8.1%
2021
6.9%
Primary care spending per beneficiary, age 65 and older
$564
2021
$621
Primary care spending per enrollee, ages 18–64
$501
2021
$558
Public health funding
$49
2019
$40
Primary Health Care
Primary Health Care
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adult women who received a cervical cancer screening Pap test
70.1%
2020
75.8%
Adult women who received a mammogram
74.4%
2022
76.7%
Adults who received a colon cancer screening test
71.4%
2020
72.4%
Adults with a usual source of care
85%
2022
82%
Adults with age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
64.8%
2020
68.8%
Adults with age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings (2022 update)
59.6%
2022
64.6%
Adults with age-appropriate vaccines
39.9%
2022
41.9%
At risk adults with a recent check-up
89.6%
2022
90.7%
61.1%
2021-22
64.4%
Children with a medical home
46.5%
2021-22
44.9%
Children with all recommended vaccines
68%
2021
72%
Diabetic adults with an annual hemoglobin A1c test
88.6%
2021
90.1%
Diabetic adults with an annual LDL-C test
66.9%
2021
79.3%
Doctors' office visit employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$466
2021
$540
Doctors' office visit spending per Medicare beneficiary
$963
2021
$1,088
Mortality amenable to health care, deaths per 100,000 population
131
2019-20
86.8
Older adults who received the pneumonia vaccine
70.1%
2022
70%
Premature avoidable deaths per 100,000 population
450.5
2020-21
320.8
Premature deaths from preventable causes per 100,000 population
315.7
2020-21
231.9
Premature deaths from treatable causes per 100,000 population
134.8
2020-21
88.8
Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
5.3%
2021
5.3%
Primary care spending as share of total, ages 18–64
8.1%
2021
6.9%
Primary care spending per beneficiary, age 65 and older
$564
2021
$621
Primary care spending per enrollee, ages 18–64
$501
2021
$558
Reproductive Care and Women’s Health
Reproductive Care and Women’s Health
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
All-cause mortality rate per 100,000 women ages 15–44
188.2
2021
124.2
Breast and cervical cancer deaths per 100,000 female population
24.7
2021
21.7
Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population
21.5
2021
19.4
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births
7.4
2020
5.4
Maternal mortality per 100,000 live births
42.7
2019-2021
25.6
No early prenatal care
28.4%
2021
21.7%
Preterm birth rate
12%
2021
10.5%
Self-pay in-hospital births
3.2%
2021
2.7%
Severe maternal morbidity
63.1
2020
88.2
Women ages 18–44 without a routine checkup
10%
2021
13%
Women ages 18–44 without a usual source of care
20.8%
2021
20.9%
Women without a postpartum checkup after birth
11.7%
2020
11.1%
Working Age Adults
Working Age Adults
Indicator
Latest
The values below are from the most recent year or time period available for the indicator. Hover over the value to see the year or time period.
U.S. Avg.
Adults who are obese
39.2%
2022
34.3%
Adults who have lost six or more teeth
15.5%
2022
8.6%
Adults with low back pain with an imaging study at diagnosis
68.2%
2021
69.1%
Antidepressant use and adherence for depression
40.1%
2021
38.2%
Appropriate antibiotic among adults with bacterial pneumonia
52.4%
2021
44.3%
Diabetic adults with an annual hemoglobin A1c test
88.6%
2021
90.1%
Diabetic adults with an annual LDL-C test
66.9%
2021
79.3%
Doctors' office visit employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$466
2021
$540
Employee contribution to total premium cost for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$5,231
2021
$4,967
Employee deductible for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$3,148
2021
$3,371
5.8%
2021
4.6%
Employee total potential out-of-pocket medical costs
$8,379
2021
$8,338
Employee total potential out-of-pocket medical costs, as a share of state median income
15.4%
2021
11.5%
Hospital 30-day readmissions ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
2.8
2021
2.9
Inpatient employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$1,123
2021
$1,512
Potentially avoidable ED visits ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
127.5
2021
133.9
Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64, per 1,000 employer coverage enrollees
4.3
2021
4.4
Primary care spending as share of total, ages 18–64
8.1%
2021
6.9%
Primary care spending per enrollee, ages 18–64
$501
2021
$558
Total employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
$4,255
2021
$6,060
Total premium cost for employer-sponsored health insurance plans
$15,164
2021
$17,650
27.8%
2021
24.2%
Uninsured adults
11.9%
2022
11.2%
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Arkansas Policy Information

Policy
Status
Medicaid Expansion Status

Expanded Medicaid with 1115 waiver (7 states)

Health Insurance Marketplace Type

State-based marketplace using federal website (3)

Public Coverage Options

Has not established a public coverage option

Annual Open Enrollment Period Extensions

Did not extend 2018–2022 open enrollment

Health Coverage Subsidies

Provides no premium or cost-sharing subsidies

Non-compliant Short-term Plans

Does not limit the sale of short-term coverage more strictly than the federal government

Non-compliant Transitional Plans

Permits non-compliant transitional policies

Other Non-compliant Plans

Does not exempt other coverage from insurance rules

Promotion of ACA Marketplace Competition

No rules to promote marketplace competition

Standardized Individual Market Plans

Does not require standardized cost-sharing plan design

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Arkansas Key Demographics

3M
Total Population
$50.3K
Median Household Income
37%
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
69%
% White race, non-Hispanic
14%
% Black race, non-Hispanic
8%
% Hispanic ethnicity
2%
% Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander race, non-Hispanic
< 1%
% American Indian or Alaska Native race, non-Hispanic