Marquita Little joined AACF in 2014 and is responsible for leading AACF’s work on improving health care coverage, access and quality for children near families through policy analysis, coalition building, and legislative advocacy. Before that, she served as Director of Policy and Planning at the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Marquita helped lead the Department’s health reform work and payment improvement, which resulting in implementation of the Medicaid expansion program and a value-based payment model. Marquita is a graduate of Hendrix College and the master’s program at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Blog Post List
September 21, 2017
Recently, we shared our analysis of the latest ditch effort by some members of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This week, Governor Hutchinson publicly shared that he joined a small group of Republican governors who gave input on this bill, and he supports it because it will not create a significant cost shift to the state and will give states greater flexibility. We were disappointed by this announcement and will continue to advocate for the tens of thousands of Arkansans that stand to lose health coverage if this bill passes. Early next week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget...
June 7, 2017
A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program shows children and adults in small towns and rural areas in Arkansas rely on Medicaid and ARKids First, the health coverage program for children, more than those in urban areas (referred to as metro areas within the report). The impact is particularly powerful in Arkansas because more than a third of the population lives outside of urban areas. The report finds that 61 percent of children in rural areas and small towns in Arkansas receive health...