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New Census Data Finds Drop in Uninsured Children in Arizona

Posted September 20, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Some good news from the U.S. Census Bureau this week, as the agency released data on more than 40 different topics in the American Community Survey. Notable in the data is a significant drop in the percentage of children without health coverage in Arizona. The data, from 2015, estimates that, 8% of Arizona’s children remained uninsured in 2015, compared with 10% in 2014. Read more

KidsCare Coverage Starts Now

Posted September 1, 2016 to Blog, E-news, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
It was a hard-fought battle to lift the freeze on KidsCare, but Arizona families won. As of today, working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS) yet cannot afford the premiums, deductibles and co-pays of a private or Health Insurance Marketplace plan, can now get their children to a doctor as soon as they need one. Read more

New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, ranking Arizona 45th overall, up from 46th in 2015. The analysis ranks states on 16 data markers, including education, health, poverty and family situation, as well as community factors. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Read more

Please Contact Your Legislators and Thank Them for Voting to Lift the Freeze on KidsCare

Governor Ducey has signed the law to lift the freeze on KidsCare!  After a long and winding road, it is time to say thank you to your state legislators who voted yes on SB 1457 to lift the freeze on KidsCare. They listened to our voices calling for change and now it’s important for them to hear us say thank you. Read more

Thank you, Arizona, for Being Strong Voices for Children

Together, our voices are powerful and do make a difference. Thursday, the Arizona house voted to lift the freeze on KidsCare, and today the senate did the same. The bill is now on its way to Governor Ducey, who has publicly stated he will sign the measure into law. Because of you, the many organizations and individuals who rallied for kids, 30,000 Arizona children of working poor families will now be able to access affordable health coverage. Read more

Governor Ducey Leaves 30,000 Kids Behind

It is surprising and disturbing to report that Governor Ducey and legislative Republicans have ignored calls from across the state to lift the freeze on KidsCare.  After Senate President Any Biggs and a small band of extremist legislators threatened to blow up the entire budget deal, not a single Republican in the House voted for the proposed amendment to restore KidsCare and only two Republicans in the Senate voted yes.We are grateful for the strong and steadfast support of the House and Senate Democrats who made KidsCare a top priority all throughout the legislative session. Read more

Thank You For Participating in Our News Conference and Rally at the State Capitol

A big thank you to our community partners, members of the Cover Kids Coalition and constituents across Arizona who joined us this week for a news conference and rally at the State Capitol, as we urged lawmakers to include KidsCare in their budget proposals to Governor Ducey. We also thank each of you who have emailed and called your representatives and the Governor to voice your support over the past several months. Read more

Your Help is Needed: Tell Gov. Ducey You Want Him to #UnfreezeKidsCare

Arizona children need your voice. Please take a moment to call Governor Ducey at 602-542-4331 or email him with this link to ask him to #UnfreezeKidsCare. Thank you for your support. Read more

We Need You to Reach Out to State Lawmakers on KidsCare

Your voice is needed at the legislature to help to get health coverage for Arizona kids. Right now, 160,000 Arizona children, many of whom are from working poor families, do not have health insurance and do not have access to affordable coverage options. On Tuesday, February 9th at 2pm, the Health Committee in the House will be hearing HB 2309, geared toward lifting the enrollment freeze on Arizona’s KidsCare and providing access to health care for thousands of Arizona children. Read more

Arizona Organizations, Your Support is Needed to Reinstate KidsCare

As you know, the Cover Kids Coalition is supporting efforts to unfreeze the KidsCare program in Arizona, currently the only state in the country without a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A recent study by Georgetown University and Children’s Action Alliance found more than 160,000 Arizona children do not have health coverage, the second highest rate of uninsured kids in the nation. Read more