NAVAJO COUNTY — After a six-year legislative hiatus, state officials this year resumed KidsCare, a joint Arizona and federal initiative designed to assist families who earn too much for Medicaid (AHCCCS), yet earn too little to afford to pay for health insurance for their children.

Health insurance coverage is top of mind for many parents preparing to file 2016 state and federal income taxes.

“This year, for a family of two adults and one child, the IRS’s minimum penalty for reporting an uninsured child is $1,738.50,” or 2.5 percent of adjusted gross income, whichever is higher,” North Country HealthCare health benefits navigator Byron Lewis said.

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