Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking420
Access and Affordability37+1
Prevention and Treatment46-3
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost36+1
Healthy Lives45+2
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Total Population2,961,349322,324,172
Median Household Income$50,250$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)40%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic72%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic15%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic5%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity8%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Breast cancer deaths

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who report fair or poor health
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Children without a medical and dental preventive care visit

Most Improved Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Adults without all recommended vaccines
  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need

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
160,46376,500more adults and children would be insured
180,68445,171fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
159,39692,981more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
7,1045,465more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
111,59557,213fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
2,0361,317fewer 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).