Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Impact of 2010 Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Arkansas Health Care System

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a major milestone in the evolution of health care in the United States. ACHI recognized that the Act would present both challenges and opportunities for Arkansas. Thus, even as federal agencies responsible for implementing the law were determining how the ACA would be interpreted, ACHI began a series of informational briefs to help policymakers prepare for an effective implementation by understanding the provisions of the law as it was initially written and later interpreted, how those provisions might alter current practices in Arkansas, and what choices Arkansas policymakers could make to help shape the changing health care system.

ACHI has also examined far-reaching implications for the state, including our ability to provide service to a significant influx of newly insured and the cost of expansion. Unlike many other states, Arkansas began a comprehensive evaluation of our health care system’s needs even before the ACA was signed into federal law. Importantly, consideration was given to how we could maximize integration of the ACA into a much needed plan to restructure a struggling system to better meet the needs of Arkansans. 

Links to a series of briefs and fact sheets as well as other information are given below to provide an overview of specific issues and the populations effected. To better understand current activities in the state related to ACA implementation and the broader efforts of system change, see our description of “Health System Transformation.”

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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201