More Arkansas kids go without health insurance, parents struggle to find coverage
LITTLE ROCK, Ark – More and more children across Arkansas are without health insurance.
According to the 2021 Kids Count Data Book, which reports state data, the number of children without health insurance increased by nearly 10,000 from 2018 to 2019.
The study also found that in 2021, more than one in five children was living in poverty.
In Little Rock, “Our House” helps struggling families get back on their feet.
The organization said it has seen an increase in the number of families seeking help from health insurance.
“It could be due to lost documents or missed appointments,” Hope Johnson said with Our House.
Lisa Littles is one of those parents who seek help. She has three children all under the age of five and said she had to choose which health issues to treat.
“[Without] health insurance you can’t do [anything] that you need to do for your kids, ”Littles said.
Littles received a curve ball last month when she found out her oldest child had a heart murmur.
She said she was suddenly inundated with doctor bills and the possibility of surgery, which without coverage would cost the family thousands of dollars.
“What if he gets sick and has a life and death situation and I can’t save his life, then what?” Littles said.
Currently, Littles is receiving help from Our House and is in the process of securing health insurance for her children.
She says she could not have done it without the help of the organization and suggests that any parents who may be having difficulty seek help.
Our House offers free medical appointments for its families every week.
To be considered, a candidate must meet a set of criteria.
Call 501-374-7383 or email [email protected] for more information.