No Improvement in Health Insurance Coverage of Arizona’s Kids
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.
Children’s Action Alliance and our community partners are determined to increase the number of insured children and are ramping up activities to enroll eligible kids in affordable health care. Because of this coordinated community outreach, Arizona advocates will be well poised to help children get the coverage they need when open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. In the meantime, if you or someone you know needs help finding health insurance for a child, please use our Health Care Resources Manual to get the help they need.
The Current Population Survey annually asks 100,000 households how many people in each of those households had health insurance at some point in the last year. Based on that sample it then determines how many people under 18 and 65 years of age had health insurance for every state in the last year. Because of the small sample size, two years worth of data must be averaged together to get accurate rates of coverage by state