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AACF report: Obamacare cuts state’s uninsured rate; helpful during pandemic

Obamacare has reduced the number of uninsured people in Arkansas, which has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A new report says the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has reduced the number of uninsured people in Arkansas, which has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Affordable Care Act Turns 10” was written by Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families’ Joshua Hall, health policy fellow.

“Landmark legislation like this is never perfect, but it is far better than the previous situation prior to its existence, especially for low-income people and people of color,” Hall wrote.

Arkansas was the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program to individuals making 138% of the federal poverty level after the Supreme Court ruled states could choose whether or not to do so.

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