Jennifer Wessel, JD, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst and Data Privacy Officer
This updated infographic shows the average annual premiums for individuals with employer-sponsored health plans in Arkansas and surrounding states. Premiums are shown for two size categories: fewer than 50 employees (small firms) and 50 or more employees (medium-to-large firms).
Between 2011 and 2021, premium increases in the region ranged from 31% in Texas to 59% in Arkansas for individuals in small firms and from 39% in Texas to 50% in Oklahoma for individuals in medium-to-large firms. Although premiums have generally been lower in Arkansas compared to most of the surrounding states, premiums for individuals in small firms have increased at a higher rate in Arkansas than in any surrounding state.
Premiums for individuals in medium-to-large firms increased by 42% in Arkansas between 2011 and 2021. Texas’ 39% increase was the only smaller increase in this category among surrounding states.