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Children’s Action Alliance is Moving to a New Location

As our state has grown, so has the advocacy work and research we do on behalf of Arizona’s children.

Our team has expanded and is busier than ever, thus, after nearly 30 years in the same location, Children’s Action Alliance is moving to a new office.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to your continued support in the years to come.

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Seeking a Few Good Arizonans to Become Leaders

canstockphoto13781822We are looking for a few dedicated Arizonans who are longing to make a difference in the community, particularly on issues affecting children and families, but need a little fellowship and guidance to get started. Our Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2017 class, and is geared toward everyday Arizonans with the drive to make a change for the better.

The Academy runs for nine sessions and is free to participants who are selected. Don’t delay, the deadline is December 15.

Space is limited to only 15 people, so download the application, fill it in and submit it to Julie Bacon as soon as possible to be considered. Applications are due December 15, 2016.

This is a statewide program that holds workshops on weekends to accommodate attendees who live outside of the Phoenix area. See our Leadership Academy page and application for more details.

An overview of the nine week program is available here. 

Georgetown Study Finds Number of Uninsured Kids is Dropping

boy at doctor for webEfforts to get more kids covered by health insurance are paying off. A recent study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds the number of uninsured children in Arizona has dropped as the impact of health reform has taken effect. The percentage of kids without health coverage in Arizona declined by 30% between 2013 and 2015.

Thanks to Obamacare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the national uninsured rate for children was at a record low of 4.8% in 2015.  Arizona’s rate was still much higher at 8.3%.  Community groups throughout the state are working to push that uninsured rate down as we get the word out that KidsCare is back as a low-cost option for working families.

Our handy online toolkit has posters, question and answer sheets, ready-made social media posts, photos and other items you can share to help more families connect with KidsCare.

 

 

 

More Arizona Kids Now Have Health Coverage

State’s success helped U.S. reach historic milestone in kids’ health coverage

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(Phoenix, AZ) The number of uninsured children in Arizona declined sharply as the impact of health reform took effect, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families .The percentage of uninsured children in Arizona declined by 30 percent between 2013 and 2015 and Arizona is one of 41 states that successfully reduced its child uninsured rate in the two years following implementation of most provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The national uninsured rate for children is now at a record low of 4.8%. Arizona’s child uninsured rate of 8.3% is significantly higher than the national rate and just over half of the uninsured children in the country reside in seven states, Arizona among them. The data analyzed in the report does not yet capture the impact of Arizona’s decision to reopen its KidsCare program earlier this year.

“All children deserve the opportunity to grow up healthy and quality, affordable health coverage is essential to a healthy childhood,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance of Arizona. “We are looking forward to seeing even greater improvement in the future as more children are able to get KidsCare coverage now that it has been reopened.”

Research shows that children with health coverage have greater academic success and increased economic opportunities as adults.

“It’s really in the best interest of our entire community to keep building on this success by removing more barriers to health coverage for children and families,” said Naimark. “Signing up for coverage can be daunting to some, but help is available for anyone who needs it.”

Families who would like to know if their children are eligible for KidsCare or want help applying for other low-cost coverage should call 1-800-377-3635 or visit CoverAZ.org to get free, professional, in-person assistance near home or work.

 

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Still Have a General Election Mail in Ballot?

canstockphoto20343129Do you have an early ballot you’ve not yet mailed?

Because elections offices across Arizona must have possession of all ballots by the time polls close on November 8th, today is the final recommended day to mail them in.

If you are still studying the candidates and won’t be able to send your ballot by tonight (you can view responses from legislative candidates on conditions for kids on our website and watch a debate on education issues online), you can drop it off at any early voting location this week or ANY polling site on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.