More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.
Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.
According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.
"We know people may not immediately begin the application and enrollment process," Webb said. "We did not expect to see huge numbers right off the bat, so we are pleased with the number that we've seen so far."
Coverage for new Medicaid enrollees will take effect Jan. 1.