Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking47+1
Access and Affordability37+7
Prevention and Treatment47+2
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost38-3
Healthy Lives45+1
Medicaid ExpansionYes


Total Population2,949,813320,842,721
Median Household Income$49,548$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)39%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic72%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic15%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic5%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy8%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
  • Adults with inappropriate lower back imaging

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who have lost six or more teeth
  • Infant mortality
  • Hospital 30-day mortality

Most Improved Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Uninsured adults

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains Arkansas Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for Arkansas
165,84699,844more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
176,92288,461fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
158,094105,396more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
9,1965,410more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
69,85317,066fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
1,9141,205fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate care

Estimated impact if this state’s performance improved to the rate of two benchmark levels — a national benchmark set at the level of the best-performing state and a regional benchmark set at the level of the top-performing state in region ( Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).