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Arkansas ARKids First! Benefits

Program Description

ARKids First provides health insurance coverage for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without.

ARKids First has expanded and will now offer two coverage options. ARKids A offers low income families a comprehensive package of benefits. ARKids B provides coverage for families with higher incomes. We have streamlined the application process for both packages, allowing you to apply for either package on the same form.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $23,340
2 $31,460
3 $39,580
4 $47,700
5 $55,820
6 $63,940
7 $72,060
8 $80,180
Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

You can get an ARKids First application by calling our toll-free hotline, 1-888-474-8275. You do not have to visit a DHS office.

You can print the application from your computer. The application is a PDF file; that is, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software to see the application. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, download it free so you can print the application. Fill out the printed application and send it to your local Department of Human Services office.

To print the application, visit:

Or call our toll-free hotline at 1-888-474-8275, and all the application information will be mailed to you.

Applications also are available throughout the community at local health units, hospitals, churches, daycare centers, pharmacies and public schools.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the ARKids First! program, please visit: