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New Census Data Finds Drop in Uninsured Children in Arizona

Posted September 20, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)

canstockphoto12581956Some good news from the U.S. Census Bureau this week, as the agency released data on more than 40 different topics in the American Community Survey. Notable in the data is a significant drop in the percentage of children without health coverage in Arizona. The data, from 2015, estimates that, 8% of Arizona’s children remained uninsured in 2015, compared with 10% in 2014.

The drop mirrors a national trend toward declining numbers of uninsured children. However, Arizona still ranks third in the country in the number of uninsured kids. We have a lot of work to do to just get to the national average, but thankfully our legislators responded to this call for action by reinstating KidsCare this past legislative session.

Help us get the word out that KidsCare is back as a low-cost coverage option for Arizona families, particularly those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (known as AHCCCS in Arizona), yet cannot afford the premiums of private or Marketplace health plans. Parents can get free help by making an appointment online at www.CoverAZ.org/connector or by calling 1.800.377.3536.

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