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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

No Improvement in Health Insurance Coverage of Arizona’s Kids

Posted September 17, 2013 to Blog, enews, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent, Issues | Comments (0)
Today the U.S. Census Bureau released new health insurance coverage data from the Current Population Survey. The most recent two year period, 2011/2012, shows that Arizona health insurance coverage for children remained unchanged from the previous two years, 2009/2010. This means that nearly a quarter of a million children or roughly 14% of all children in Arizona continue to go without health care services that health insurance provides. Read more

Meet Joe Fu.

Posted September 3, 2013 to Blog, enews, Health, Home Page Most Recent | * Comments (1)
Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to introduce our new Health Policy Director, Joe Fu. Joe comes to CAA via the United States State Department where he worked as a Strategic Information Officer in the global HIV/AIDS program, PEPFAR. He has also served as a Truman-Albright Fellow for the policy and planning group at the Office of Rural Health of the U.S. Read more

Latest Child Obesity Rates

In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that close to 10% of 2-5 year old children living in low income households in Arizona were obese. At that rate, Arizona was doing well with only 7 states in the country having lower obesity rates for low income, young children. That all changed at the start of this century.

Children’s Health Coverage Improving but in Transition

Posted August 2, 2013 to Blog, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
The number of kids covered by KidsCare plummeted when Governor Brewer and the state legislature closed KidsCare to any new applicants in January 2010. Thanks to hospital funds contributed through local governments and federal matching funds, thousands of children now have coverage through KidsCare II. Children’s Action Alliance is working with partners throughout the state to help families apply. Read more

We’ve Got a Budget that Helps Families!

The special session called to pass next year's budget and Medicaid restoration ended last month with successful passage of both. Medicaid coverage has been restored for adults without children and will be fully paid for with a hospital assessment and federal funds.

Latest and Greatest News on the Budget

You may have heard that Governor Brewer called the legislature into special session yesterday at 5:00 p.m. to vote on the state budget and Medicaid restoration. The special session forces the legislature to take action on these issues rather than waiting longer.

Senate Votes to Increase Funding For CPS, Child Care and Grandparents Stipend

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Arizona Senate voted to restore and expand Medicaid coverage for adults as Governor Brewer and dozens of community groups have been supporting. In addition, they also voted to increase critical funding for abused and neglected children. These increases include: $4 million for Children Support Services. The original legislation did not include any increase for Children Support Services. (CAA called for $10 million.) $4 million for Child Care. The original legislation provided an increase of $5 million; the amendment brings the increase to $9 million. (CAA supported the Governor’s plan which included $9 million.) $1 million for Grandparents Stipend. This provides the funding needed to support a monthly $75 stipend for qualified grandparents raising their grandchildren. (CAA called for $1 million.)

CAA 2012 Annual Report

CAA is pleased to share our CAA 2012 Annual Report.  Thank you to the many donors and supporters that made last year another success for Arizona’s children and families. Read more