September 3rd 2014
Ninety two percent of consumers who met with in-person assisters (IPAs) were able to get the information they needed about enrolling in health coverage during open enrollment last year, according to a new study. However, those seeking to enroll in health coverage did face some barriers. These successes and setbacks highlight the need for more outreach and information about health coverage eligibility for Arkansans. Unfortunately, the Legislature voted last year to restrict outreach and education efforts around the Affordable Care Act and Arkansas's own Private Option entirely.
July 29th 2014
Kids can't vote and don't write checks to campaigns, but they are still affected by decisions made by elected officials. Today's candidates, if elected, will cast votes that will shape the well-being and opportunities available to Arkansas children. You have the opportunity to be their voice.
June 23rd 2014
Too many children enter foster care for a very short period of time. Removal from the home and placement in foster care can be a traumatic experience for a child, and the state is looking at ways to serve these children in their homes. Nearly one third (30 percent) of children who enter Arkansas's foster care system stay for one month or less, according to a new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF). That number is six times the national average.
June 16th 2014
Special revenue collections are a major source of revenue for the Arkansas budget, totaling $1.8 billion in FY2013. However, they are often left out of the budget spotlight because the ways in which these funds are spent have already been determined.
May 22nd 2014
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is releasing three documents aimed at helping low-income parents understand Common Core State Standards (Common Core). The documents are written in family-friendly language that is more easily understood by non-education professionals. One of our partner organizations in this work, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, will be using the materials in meetings with parent groups in small communities around the state.
May 1st 2014
Since last fall, nearly 25,000 children now have health coverage through ARKids First, Medicaid, or private insurance - a dramatic increase. The bump in the number of children with insurance is a direct result of Arkansas's bipartisan Private Option and enrollment in Marketplace plans through the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) held a press conference this morning to talk about this great achievement.
April 11th 2014
Youth detention must be utilized carefully to make sure low-level, non-violent youthful offenders do not move deeper into the criminal justice system. A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says juvenile detention - the short-term involuntary holding of juveniles - is often the gateway to longer-term incarceration and must be used thoughtfully.
April 4th 2014
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arkansas has a lot of ground to cover to ensure that all kids - especially children of color - are positioned to thrive. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, shows how children are progressing on key issues across racial and ethnic groups at the national level and in Arkansas.
March 12th 2014
Arkansans without health insurance should check this out -- health insurance may be more affordable than you think. Arkansas Surgeon General, Dr. Joe Thompson, provides information about how Arkansans can sign up for health insurance either through the Health Care Independence Program, also called the Private Option, or through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.