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Thank your Congressperson for voting for kids’ healthcare

Great news!

Last Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The passage of this bill will extend federal funding for health insurance coverage and provide health programs for millions of children. The federal funding level would allow Arizona to lift the enrollment freeze on KidsCare and cover thousands of children in Arizona with minimal cost to the state budget. The Senate is expected to vote after recess on April 13.

Eight out of Arizona’s nine US House members voted YES – only Congressman Schweikert voted no. Now that we have momentum, it’s important that we thank the elected officials who support children’s health.

Click to send a thank you email to your US Representative. Thank you!

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2015 Champions for Children

Please join Children’s Action Alliance, community leaders, legislators and fellow advocates to honor the 2015 Champions for Children.

Donna 2014w space Ruth Solomon
Donna Davis
2015 Phoenix Champion for ChildrenDonna is the Senior Community Mobilizer for
Expect More Arizona, and a fierce advocate for
improving education for today’s students and
tomorrow’s leaders.

Purchase your tickets today to join us on:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 North 3rd Street in Phoenix

Ruth Solomon
2015 Tucson Champion for ChildrenRuth is a former state senator and was the
Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Now on the statewide Board of First Things First,
Ruth is a tireless advocate for children’s education
and security.

Purchase your tickets today to join us on:
Thursday, April 30, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
home of Penelope Jacks and Terry Connelly
2303 E Adams St in Tucson

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Strong Showing for the Affordable Care Act

boy in doctors office smallThe second open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on February 15, 2015 with a strong showing. Across Arizona, community Navigators and Assisters worked long hours in the final weeks without turning anyone away and the results show success. 205,000 Arizonans signed up for Marketplace plans and an additional 250,000 people signed up for AHCCCS/Medicaid! Almost 80% of Marketplace enrollees received financial assistance to get health coverage.

The Marketplace is serving as an important source of health coverage for Arizonans, with this year’s enrollment showing a 70% increase from last year. 23% of the Arizonans who enrolled in coverage on the Marketplace were children – that’s 47,000 kids who now have coverage.

Click here for the infographic: Affordable Care Act AZ – 2015 by the Numbers

We are pleased with the strong turnout for health coverage this year, but there remains more work ahead given the high percentage of uninsured children in Arizona and the loss of KidsCare coverage.

Those who have missed the open enrollment period may still qualify for affordable coverage. Navigator and Assisters continue to help enroll consumers who are experiencing special circumstances, such as divorce, job loss, or loss of health insurance. AHCCCS enrollment remains open all year. Visit www.coveraz.org to find assisters who can provide updated information and help consumers with enrollment.

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New AZ Website for Young People In and From Foster Care

Aging Out Of Foster Care? – Fostering Advocates Arizona is here to help!

faaz website pageLeaving foster care can feel pretty overwhelming so we’re here to assist with a new website and resource hub.

Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) is a CAA initiative focused on improving outcomes for young adults transitioning out of foster care. FAAZ teamed up with the FAAZ Young Adult Leadership Board to create a website designed by young people from foster care, for young people and any person or agency wanting to support young people transitioning from foster care.

Leaving foster care is not just shutting one door and opening another. There are lots of important steps in between. The goal of FAAZ is to make sure all of Arizona’s young adults have the information, resources and support they need to transition to the next phase of life successfully.

Whether it’s planning for college, learning how to open a bank account, enrolling in healthcare, finding housing, or creating a support system of caring adult allies, FAAZ is here to connect young people and their supporters to the programs, services and supports Arizona and our community offer.

Be sure to also sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date on upcoming events, trainings, and news impacting foster care in Arizona.