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The ACA, Medicaid Restoration and You

Health care is in transition throughout Arizona and the nation. For convenient application assistance for AHCCCS or the federal Marketplace click here. You can type in your zip code at the bottom and get a map of nearby assistors.

For more information, you are invited to a community meeting to hear how AHCCCS is implementing Medicaid Restoration and adapting to changes from the Affordable Care Act.

The sessions will offer general information about who will be eligible for AHCCCS, what changes the public can expect to see, and how the eligibility system –Health-e-Arizona Plus – is being upgraded to provide a more efficient application process.

There are two more scheduled sessions with space available.

Tuesday, November 12th from 2-4pm
The Disability Empowerment Center
5025 E. Washington Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034
You must RSVP in advance to: ForwardPhoenix@azahcccs.gov.

Wednesday November 13th from 11am-1pm
Parker, AZ
Forthcoming details on location
You must RSVP in advance to: ForwardParker@azahcccs.gov.

Click here to get updates from AHCCCS on the public meetings.

New Environmental Scan from the Arizona Youth Opportunity Initiative

With generous support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Children’s Action Alliance is working with many stakeholders to strengthen supports to help youth transition from foster care into adulthood. Since 2004, 5,374 young Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative 2013 Environmental Scanadults have transitioned from Arizona’s foster care system without permanent family connections. Youth who grow up in Arizona’s foster care system miss out on experiencing the essential independent living skills and community connections that youth in traditional families get. Working in partnership with the national Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, we completed an environmental scan with input from key stakeholders, community agencies, and young adults themselves to get ideas about what’s working and what’s missing to help these youth succeed.

The Environmental Scan highlights effective strategies we have already in Arizona focused on workforce development, education, and building essential skills needed for independent living. We found, however, that few young adults are participating in these effective programs and the community is not aware of what services are available and how to qualify for them. Now the work begins with DES and our community partners to grow awareness about the available services and supports and strengthen the youth voice in policy improvements.

Click here to read the highlights of the AYOI Environment Scan findings. 
Click here to read the AYOI Environmental Scan Summary.
Click here to get the full AYOI Environmental Scan.

Thank You for a Wonderful Event!

Thanks to the remarkable turnout of volunteers last Friday, we celebrated our 25th anniversary in style with many of you.

Luncheon and sponsor tables-11-X2 carol and nadine rounded corners 150 pxThe Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon was a collaboration of many people who came together to create an outstanding event. Special thanks to Rhonda Anderson, our wonderful Board Chair, who introduced the crowd to CAA and child advocacy. Founding President and CEO, Carol Kamin, who flew in from Massachusetts, gave an inspiring speech with another cherished founder of CAA, Nadine Mathis Basha.Their stories gave us time to reflect upon all the challenges and good work we have faced together.

The event included comments from longtime CAA Board member, Armando Flores, and the debut of four new videos produced for us by Arizona Public Media with real-life stories about the impact of child advocacy.

Our current President and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark, made us laugh as we acknowledged the work we have done with you to make Arizona a better place for our children.

tesseract kids singing rounded corners 150pxThe enthusiastic performances of the adorable children from Tesseract School reminded us what child advocacy is all about.

And last but, certainly not least, CBS 5’s Catherine Anaya was superb as mistress of ceremonies.

We couldn’t have asked for a better event, nor could we have done it without the generous support of our sponsors, the many local businesses who donated items for our silent auction or the creative talents of the children who donated their artwork.

Luncheon and sponsor tables-14-X2 best crowd shot rounded corners 150 pxWe thank every one of the more than 500 people who took time out of their day to help us remember our past and plot a future course for success for Arizona’s children and families.

See you next year!

Arizona Ranks In The Bottom Five In The US For Child Well-Being

Postcards from the Shutdown Edge

Ask Your Congressperson to End the Shutdown Today!

The federal government shutdown doesn’t help anyone.

It certainly doesn’t help grow our economy. An economy that already faces significant headwinds from the slow economic recovery and the damage caused by the sequester.

It certainly doesn’t help local communities, or the tourism industry, or the federal employees and their families who are going without paychecks. It certainly doesn’t help struggling parents who need affordable child care or cash assistance to pay for rent and gas.

House Speaker John Boehner says that the House will not pass a continuing resolution to end the federal shutdown without tying the basic operations of government to the demands of some members of his caucus for ending or delaying Obamacare or for major fiscal changes to Social Security and Medicare. Arizona Congresspeople Barber, Franks, Gosar, Salmon, Sinema and Schweikert have all voted for continuing resolutions with stipulations.

The Senate has already passed a continuing resolution that would re-open government for a number of weeks with significant cuts to federal spending without any other provisions attached to it.

Please take a moment today and ask your Representative to pass the Senate continuing resolution and open government back up today! It makes no sense to hurt Arizona’s economy and families while they stand in a stalemate over other issues.

This alert is for those people who live in Congressional Districts 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 9 and are represented in Congress by Rep. Ron Barber, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Matt Salmon, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema or Rep. David Schweikert. If you’re not sure which Congressional District you live in click here.

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