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New Report Finds Most Kids in AZ Do Not Have Access to Preschool Programs

June 21, 2017
Arizona once again ranks at the bottom of the country for access to quality and state investments per child on preschool. According to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook released annually by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), despite bipartisan national support for quality early preschool, Arizona continues to lose ground. Read more

Conditions for Arizona Kids Show Few Bright Spots, Health Care Strides at Risk

June 16, 2017
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book finds Arizona’s conditions for kids remain difficult, in the bottom five in the nation, ranking 46th. The yearly analysis looks at 16 different indicators affecting children’s health, economic well-being and family and community factors. Although Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, a bright spot in the report is that more Arizona kids had health insurance, which they were able to get because of Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS) and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Experts Say Medicaid/AHCCCS is Critical to Arizona’s Economy

June 7, 2017
Thanks to all of you who joined our panel of economists and business leaders on Tuesday, June 6th at the Medicaid Works forum to discuss the connection between Medicaid, jobs and economic growth. We learned a lot from our moderator, Don Henninger, and panelists Lee McPheters, Mike Hutchinson, Josh Nuñez, and David Lujan. Read more

Let Congress Know They MUST Protect KidsCare!

May 25, 2017
KidsCare is threatened once again in Arizona. President Trump’s budget slashes CHIP funding and will cause an immediate freeze to KidsCare. Since the freeze on KidsCare was lifted in September of 2016, 20,000 children now have health coverage, with hundreds more signing up every week. Email our congressional delegation today to let them know we need to keep KidsCare for Arizona’s children. Read more

Join CAA and Our Partners for a Discussion on Medicaid

May 18, 2017
PDF Version  Join our panel of economic and business experts to learn how Medicaid Works! Join us for a discussion about Medicaid in Arizona (AHCCCS) and how it benefits the state budget, local economies and working families. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm ASU Preparatory Academy 735 E Fillmore St., Phoenix Panelists include: Lee McPheters, Arizona State University Mike Hutchinson, East Valley Partnership David Lujan, Arizona Center for Economic Progress Moderator: Don Henninger, DH Advisors and SCOTT Please RSVP by Monday, June 5 to Charlie Fisher at (602) 525-4889 Light refreshments will be served Read more

ICYMI: A Snapshot of Lawmakers’ 2017 – 18 Budget

May 17, 2017
PDF Version for printing here If you’ve not had a chance to get caught up on the latest legislative news since the session ended, here is a quick snapshot of what it looks like for the next fiscal year: Read more

“Moms” Petition Urges Sen. McCain and Flake to Keep Affordable Health Coverage Options for Families

May 12, 2017
PDF Version (Phoenix, AZ) – What is it that moms really want for Mother’s Day? Is it a human sized, automatic, remote-controlled vacuum cleaner? An automatic wine dispenser or self-cleaning house? She likely wants all those things, but as health care legislation continues to be debated in Washington, D.C., could it be that moms also really want affordable health coverage for families? Read more

The Good and Not-So-Good of the 2018 State Budget

May 11, 2017
The state legislature ended its 2017 session last night. There were a few small bright spots for children and families. But the big decisions put us on a path to endanger children’s health, education and security going forward. Many Arizona lawmakers continue to point to the 2009 Great Recession, to blame struggling parents, and to vilify cities and school boards instead of standing up to take responsibility for the policy decisions in their hands. Read more

Sign Our Mothers Day Request for Senators Flake and McCain

May 10, 2017
Join us in sending a message to Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake: Preserve health care for children and families, particularly those with pre-existing conditions. You can sign the petition here. Thank you for standing up for Arizona families!   Read more

State Budget Behind Closed Doors: Not Enough to Protect Arizona Families

May 3, 2017
State budget negotiations have been behind the scenes like usual and an official budget proposal was released yesterday for hearings today. While the budget has some small signs of progress for children and families, the big picture will do nothing to improve children’s health education and security. The good news is the votes are not nailed down and there is still a chance to re-shape this budget! Read more