ARKids First hits 20 year anniversary

20th anniversary of ARKids First

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Friday marked the 20th anniversary of Arkansas' only law ever signed by a governor with a crayon.

Back in 1997 then Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, signed a healthcare initiative entitled ARKids First. The signing was staged with children in a classroom, and on a whim the Governor used a crayola. It still became law.

At the time close to 25 percent of children did not have health insurance. Now, 20 years later, that figure is below five percent. Marketa Little was 13-years-old when her family got ARKids. She can easily tell you the immediate impact it had on her life.

“It was incredibly important for me to have access to that coverage because I was able to get in to a doctor when we needed it quick short recovery time and right back in school,” said Little.

ARKids First had such an impact, Marquita now works as a health policy director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Former Governor Huckabee to this day calls it one of the biggest achievements of his administration.

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