Families
Medical Debt
Source: Urban Institute
Share with Medical Debt in Collections
2022
Arkansas County12.3%
Ashley County25.9%
Baxter County19.1%
Benton County15.5%
Boone County18.0%
Bowie County, Texas27.5%
Bradley County22.8%
Calhoun County23.4%
Carroll County18.7%
Chicot County32.2%
Clark County14.4%
Clay County31.9%
Cleburne County13.2%
Cleveland County13.7%
Columbia County22.5%
Conway County16.5%
Craighead County29.2%
Crawford County16.3%
Crittenden County24.7%
Cross County25.4%
Dallas County25.0%
Desha County28.4%
Drew County24.3%
Faulkner County12.9%
Franklin County15.4%
Fulton County22.0%
Garland County14.8%
Grant County13.8%
Greene County27.4%
Hempstead County24.0%
Hot Spring County13.5%
Howard County21.9%
Independence County27.8%
Izard County23.9%
Jackson County27.3%
Jefferson County19.9%
Johnson County23.6%
Lafayette County19.2%
Lawrence County26.5%
Lee County20.7%
Lincoln County15.8%
Little River County29.2%
Logan County19.0%
Lonoke County14.1%
Madison County14.1%
Marion County20.4%
Miller County25.9%
Mississippi County34.5%
Monroe County17.1%
Montgomery County11.9%
Nevada County20.0%
Newton County11.7%
Ouachita County14.0%
Perry County15.4%
Phillips County25.4%
Pike County15.1%
Poinsett County36.4%
Polk County14.6%
Pope County18.0%
Prairie County15.8%
Pulaski County11.5%
Randolph County23.5%
Saline County9.6%
Scott County26.0%
Searcy County14.6%
Sebastian County16.0%
Sevier County23.3%
Sharp County28.4%
St. Francis County26.1%
Stone County19.3%
Union County20.0%
Van Buren County13.3%
Washington County18.0%
White County11.8%
Woodruff County19.3%
Yell County18.9%

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Median Medical Debt in Collections
2022
Arkansas County$342
Ashley County$829
Baxter County$1,005
Benton County$643
Boone County$436
Bowie County, Texas$811
Bradley County$468
Calhoun County$0
Carroll County$416
Chicot County$851
Clark County$756
Clay County$925
Cleburne County$522
Cleveland County$0
Columbia County$676
Conway County$503
Craighead County$724
Crawford County$436
Crittenden County$535
Cross County$350
Dallas County$961
Desha County$917
Drew County$1,026
Faulkner County$403
Franklin County$363
Fulton County$871
Garland County$615
Grant County$481
Greene County$618
Hempstead County$734
Hot Spring County$625
Howard County$753
Independence County$631
Izard County$555
Jackson County$599
Jefferson County$649
Johnson County$470
Lafayette County$0
Lawrence County$649
Lee County$0
Lincoln County$0
Little River County$795
Logan County$387
Lonoke County$359
Madison County$325
Marion County$706
Miller County$795
Mississippi County$722
Monroe County$0
Montgomery County$0
Nevada County$0
Newton County$0
Ouachita County$425
Perry County$0
Phillips County$1,019
Pike County$0
Poinsett County$736
Polk County$399
Pope County$427
Prairie County$0
Pulaski County$345
Randolph County$558
Saline County$384
Scott County$613
Searcy County$0
Sebastian County$434
Sevier County$527
Sharp County$650
St. Francis County$723
Stone County$705
Union County$718
Van Buren County$508
Washington County$612
White County$365
Woodruff County$0
Yell County$349

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.



NATIONAL RANKING
45

OUT OF 51
2022

STATE TREND

Not Available


17.8%

2022

What does this measure?

The share of people with medical debt in collections, more specifically, the share of people with a credit bureau record who have medical debt in collections.

Why is this important?

Medical debt burdens families and individuals and can pose a major barrier to financial security. According to the National Consumer Law Center, medical debt is the leading driver of personal bankruptcy and has become a crisis across the nation.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2022, 17.8% of Arkansans had medical debt that had gone to collection, higher than the national rate of 12.5%. Among counties in the state, the rates were highest in Poinsett (36%), Chicot and Clay (both 32%), and lowest in Saline (10%) and Pulaski (12%). Nationally and in Arkansas there was a racial/ethnic disparity in this indicator, with the share burdened by medical debt in communities of color higher (22% in Arkansas, 15% in the nation) than that in white communities (17% in Arkansas, 11% in the nation).

Notes about the data

Communities were designated as white or of color based on zip code and a threshold of 60%. Therefore, a community where 60% or more of residents are people of color was considered a community of color. People of color were defined as those who are African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native, another race other than white, or multiracial. The data on debt comes from a 4 percent nationally representative panel of deidentified, consumer-level records from a major credit bureau.




Source: Urban Institute


Share with Medical Debt in Collections
2022
Arkansas17.8%

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Median Medical Debt in Collections
2022
Arkansas$561

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.






Source: Urban Institute


Share with Medical Debt in Collections by Race/Ethnicity
Communities of ColorWhite Communities
Arkansas21.9%17.1%

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Median Medical Debt in Collections by Race/Ethnicity
Communities of ColorWhite Communities
Arkansas$606$555

Source: Urban Institute
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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