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Hiring: Part-time Contractor for Health Care Story Bank Collection

One of Children’s Action Alliance’s priorities is protecting affordable health care coverage for children and families. We are currently seeking a self-starting contractor who loves talking with people to identify families share their own health care stories. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills are need to interview folks, write and video stories, and train people to be Health Care Ambassadors.

This is a contract position and will involve approximately 16 hours per week. A full description and instructions for submitting a resume can be found here.



Where Do CD – 8 Candidates Stand on Issues Affecting Children and Families?

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Phoenix, AZ – With voting underway in the special election for Arizona’s Congressional District 8 seat, Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) has sent a survey to the candidates regarding their positions on critical issues for their constituents such as Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and DACA. This is just the beginning of CAA’s effort to educate voters and connect them with candidates during the 2018 election cycle.

“At a time when President Trump is proposing a budget that will drive the national deficit up by trillions of dollars while also threatening affordable health coverage and nutrition for so many Americans, the voters of Congressional District 8 deserve to know where these candidates stand,” stated Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.

Cuts to Medicaid could have immediate impacts on Arizona. The state’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis rely on funding from AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid health care system. Over 45,000 Arizona veterans rely on Medicaid for coverage. And Arizona schools count on over $25 million in federal Medicaid funding to serve students with disabilities and learning challenges. These examples illustrate that Arizona’s financial stability and overall health are directly linked with the decisions made in Congress.

“These aren’t just numbers on a piece of paper,” said Naimark. “Voters expect candidates to communicate about where they stand on the issues that affect their daily lives.”

Only three candidates responded to the survey to date. Voters can view the CD8 candidates’ responses here.

Show Your L.O.V.E. for Arizona K-12 Public Schools on Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, February 14th is the perfect day to show your support for public education, as we join AZ Schools Now to celebrate Statehood Day at “Lift Our Voices for Education (L.O.V.E.)” Rallies across Arizona.

Enjoy marching band entertainment, meet up with fellow education supporters, send a postcard to your legislators and hear from speakers who will give updates about what’s happening in education at the state legislature right now.

All events are on Wednesday, February 14th at 4:00 PM: 

Phoenix L.O.V.E. Rally:

Arizona State Capitol Rose Garden
1700 W. Washington

Prescott Valley L.O.V.E Rally:

Bradshaw Mountain High School
6000 Long Look Drive

Tucson L.O.V.E. Rally:

Rincon High School
421 N Arcadia Avenue


Legislation Moving Ahead for Kids and Families

We have good news to share from this legislative session so far: HB 2127, the measure to remove the automatic trigger to freeze KidsCare when federal funding drops below 100%, passed the full House and is on its way to the Senate.

HB 2449 passed the House Health Committee unanimously. This bill strengthens Arizona’s child care assistance program to connect more children with higher quality early education.

Next week, the House Education Committee will review HB 2482, a bill that would make permanent tuition waivers for foster care youth enrolled in state universities and community colleges. See the list of our top priority bills here.

Looking at the state budget, Arizona’s growing economy CAN’T plug leaks caused by 28 years of tax cuts. Governor Ducey’s budget proposal is loaded with one-time sweeps from special purpose funds and takes $52 million from hospital patients, counties, and universities. It continues to leave K-12 underfunded by more than $950 million compared to a decade ago, and makes no plans for moving teacher pay up from the bottom to fix the teacher shortage crisis. This infographic tells the story.