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

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. This progress is at risk if Congress approves massive cuts to Medicaid or passes the American Health Care Act in its current form.

Because the report evaluates 2015 data, the numbers do not include the more than 20,000 children now enrolled in KidsCare, reinstated last year.

The report is available online.

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Kids Count Report: Arizona Ranks 46th In Child Well-Being