Only five state Medicaid programs spend less per patient than Arkansas's, according to a consumer activist group.
The Public Citizen Health Letter published the results of a study of Medicaid payments. Medicaid helps pay for health care for low-income people. Each state runs its own Medicaid program — though both state and federal funds are used — and sets standards for how much will be spent and what services covered. Public Citizen said that Arkansas was the sixth "least generous" state, with an average Medicaid payment of $3,617 per enrollee. California was the "least generous" state, with an average payment of $2,701, followed by Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. The "most generous" state for Medicaid payments was Rhode Island, with an average payment of $8,796 per enrollee. New York was second at $8,450.