New Report Shows Too Many Arizona Kids Remain Uninsured

| January 11, 2016

It’s Time to Lift the Temporary Freeze on KidsCare Health Coverage

Cloud 3.pngA new study by Children’s Action Alliance and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute finds 160,000 Arizona kids still don’t have health coverage, ranking Arizona second worst in the nation. Most of the uninsured children live in low-income working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and struggle to afford a comprehensive plan under Obamacare, even with financial help.This is the same segment of the population that, before 2010, could get coverage through KidsCare. Enrollment in KidsCare has been frozen since 2009, leaving Arizona the only state in the nation that does not have a Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Thanks to 100% federal funding for at least two years, Arizona has the chance to lift the temporary enrollment freeze on KidsCare at no cost to our state budget. Lifting the KidsCare freeze matches Governor Ducey’s priorities for giving all children opportunity no matter what zip code they live in.  It also fuels the Governor’s goals for educational success because kids who are healthy can learn much better in school.

Join us in the coming weeks as we build support to lift the temporary freeze on KidsCare. This is a step that can make a huge difference for families and get medical treatment to more kids when they need it. Click here to get a quick summary of the facts and see the list of our growing coalition on the back.

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Category: Child Welfare, General

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