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Affordable Care Act and Arizona Kids

The first open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on March 31, 2014 with a strong showing. Nationally, 8.1 million people signed up for a health plan through the Marketplace. Across Arizona, community Navigators and Assisters worked long hours in the final weeks without turning anyone away and the results reflected their efforts.

HIGH HEALTH COSTS WITHOUT KIDSCARE

As a budget cutting, strategy, Arizona froze enrollment in KidsCare health coverage effective January 2010. In doing so, Arizona became the only state in the country to phase out its KidsCare program. On January 31, 2014, the temporary KidsCare II program that was created to fill the gap expired. 14,000 children lost their coverage and were urged to apply to the federal Marketplace. In every other state, children in low-income families can continue to apply and enroll in their children’s health insurance program. In Arizona, children can no longer enroll in KidsCare.

Session has Ended…More Work to be Done

In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, the Arizona Legislature adjourned its regular session. Most of CAA’s work this session has been centered on improving and properly funding efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect and to keep families strong. A few bills that impact children and families, however, were passed in the last days of the session; here’s the legislative update:

Health Coverage News for Former Foster Youth

For youth who were in foster care, access to health services and preventative care is critical in their successful transition to adulthood. Having insurance means young adults can receive important and consistent health services even after they turn age 18.

14,000 children will lose health coverage today

Posted January 31, 2014 to Blog, enews, Health | Comments (0)
Today, Arizona’s Kids Care II expires, ending health coverage for 14,000 children. Arizona is the only state in the US phasing out our Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides $3 in federal funds for every $1 spent by the state.

It’s just the beginning…

After the second week of the legislative session, it’s too early to tell which bills will progress and which will stall. Here are a few quick summaries of some bills that caught our attention for potentially helping or hurting children and families.

It’s about feeling better…

Posted December 30, 2013 to Blog, enews, Health, Health, Issues | Comments (0)
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year - we hear it often at the start of each year. Thousands of us will make New Year's resolutions to get more exercise, lose weight, and take better care of themselves. But being healthy needs more than good wishes or willpower. It means being able to get the medical treatment you need when you need it.

Get Help Enrolling in Health Insurance

Posted December 12, 2013 to Blog, enews, Events, Health | Comments (0)
Join a health insurance enrollment fair near you to get answers to your questions about health care coverage through the Marketplace or Arizona’s AHCCCS. On Saturday, December 14th at multiple locations around the Phoenix-Metropolitan area, community organizations will host the fair where consumers can come to learn about the Affordable Care Act and receive assistance with applications.  Read more

Arizona Kids Falling Further Behind

A Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report released today reveals while the nation as a whole is getting children covered at historically high levels, Arizona has been going in the opposite direction.

The ACA, Medicaid Restoration and You

Posted October 29, 2013 to Blog, enews, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
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. Read more