Arkansas is a leader in price transparency, as it is a state that passed legislation establishing an APCD in the state. The APCD infrastructure is in place to receive and house data. The Arkansas Health Insurance Rate Review Division was awarded a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight which includes specific funding for an APCD. After a competitive bidding process, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement was awarded the contract to develop the APCD.

In the 2018 legislative session, Arkansas passed the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act, which requires PBMs to disclose information to the state and prohibits unfair competitive practices.

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

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Arkansas’ 2018 legislative term ran from 2/12/2018 – 3/14/2018. Arkansas’ next legislative session will convene in 2019.

FY 2018-2019 BUDGET

Arkansas enacts budgets on a two-year cycle, beginning July 1 of each odd-numbered year. Arkansas’ new Biennial Budget will take effect on July 1, 2017 and is valid through June 30, 2019. To view Arkansas’ Department of Health 2018-2019 Budget, visit page 79.