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More Arizona Kids Now Have Health Coverage

November 2, 2016

State’s success helped U.S. reach historic milestone in kids’ health coverage

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(Phoenix, AZ) The number of uninsured children in Arizona declined sharply as the impact of health reform took effect, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families .The percentage of uninsured children in Arizona declined by 30 percent between 2013 and 2015 and Arizona is one of 41 states that successfully reduced its child uninsured rate in the two years following implementation of most provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The national uninsured rate for children is now at a record low of 4.8%. Arizona’s child uninsured rate of 8.3% is significantly higher than the national rate and just over half of the uninsured children in the country reside in seven states, Arizona among them. The data analyzed in the report does not yet capture the impact of Arizona’s decision to reopen its KidsCare program earlier this year.

“All children deserve the opportunity to grow up healthy and quality, affordable health coverage is essential to a healthy childhood,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance of Arizona. “We are looking forward to seeing even greater improvement in the future as more children are able to get KidsCare coverage now that it has been reopened.”

Research shows that children with health coverage have greater academic success and increased economic opportunities as adults.

“It’s really in the best interest of our entire community to keep building on this success by removing more barriers to health coverage for children and families,” said Naimark. “Signing up for coverage can be daunting to some, but help is available for anyone who needs it.”

Families who would like to know if their children are eligible for KidsCare or want help applying for other low-cost coverage should call 1-800-377-3635 or visit CoverAZ.org to get free, professional, in-person assistance near home or work.