Balancing Act: Countering High Health Care Costs to Promote Healthy Arkansas Families and Children

The basic needs of all Arkansas families — a stable home; nutritious food; heating, cooling or electricity; and access to affordable health care — are deeply interwoven.

In this report we focus on several policy solutions that address the financial cost of health care and its inherently intertwined relationship with the overall household budget. Systematically screening and referring for assistance with social needs, increasing hospital cost sharing for families in financial distress, maintaining eligibility for and access to health insurance for adults, and supporting other related policies can help families afford food and provide stable homes.