Children Need a Healthy Start to Have a Successful Future

All Arizona children deserve to have access to the resources and services needed to thrive. As the cost of living continues to rise, ensuring that all families have equitable access to high-quality health care is one of the best ways to support the most vulnerable years in a child’s life.

We believe the state must take an active role in supporting families. By investing in and expanding programs such as AHCCCS and Kids Care, Arizona is investing in the future of children. Our goal is to drive legislative changes for health care that is…

for all families

in every corner of the state

to taxpayers and participants

What is Medicaid or AHCCCS?

Medicaid, which in Arizona is known as AHCCCS, provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant persons, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. AHCCCS is administered by the state of Arizona, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by Arizona and the federal government.

What is CHIP or KidsCare?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known in Arizona as KidsCare, provides health coverage to children and families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who cannot afford private coverage. 

The AHCCCS agency offers KidsCare health insurance for eligible children (under age 19) who are not eligible for other AHCCCS health insurance. For those who qualify, there are low monthly premiums.

Every Arizona Child Deserves a Healthy Life

Children with health coverage do better in school, earn more as adults, and give birth to healthier infants when they grow up. Health coverage ensures children can go to school ready to learn, and students who are ready to learn are ready to lead.

Yet thousands of Arizona’s children are uninsured, with the state having the 4th highest uninsured rate in the nation.

AHCCCS and KidsCare are not being used to their full potential. If we take steps to maximize our investment in these programs, we will see benefits that go far beyond children’s health:

For every $1 spent on early childhood, up to $16 is saved through decreased special education, social welfare, and crime-related costs.

Investments early in life also increase high school and college graduations and spur economic development.

Health Coverage is a Crucial Investment

AHCCCS and KidsCare are a critical source of health coverage for nearly half of Arizona children. These programs help families navigate health emergencies and reduce the burden of uncompensated care on our state’s health system. Both are especially important to the health of rural health centers and tribal lands, where access to medical attention is limited.

“My experience with AHCCCS has been fabulous and having health insurance has been a great support to me. I am at peace because if I find myself in need, I know that I can make a call and have the health coverage I need to access services to regain my health.”

–Alma Celia, AHCCCS member

Publicly Funded Health Insurance Helps Everyone

A significant portion of Arizonans rely on Medicaid & CHIP coverage. These programs are important to everyone and should be accessible, comprehensive, and effectively administered. With the costs of treating uninsured patients costing the US over $42 billion per year, publicly funded health insurance saves money and lives.

“My husband works and does well at his job, and we do okay. But right now my nephew is living with us, and there are more of us, so AHCCCS works well for us at this time.”

– Fatima

AHCCCS is for Children and Adults

AHCCCS is not limited to covering children, but provides services for adults up to age 65, including:

Dental Care

AHCCCS provides comprehensive dental services to children and youth that save the state money by preventing costly health complications caused or exacerbated by poor oral health. Adults are also eligible for limited emergency dental benefits, and advocates are pushing to expand preventative benefits to adults as well.

Postpartum Care

AHCCCS offers up to 12 months of postpartum health care coverage after birth for inpatient or outpatient care, medications and other services to ensure children enjoy a healthy start.

What Can You Do?

When ALL Arizonans–especially children–have access to the services and programs that keep them healthy, the state is stronger. Arizona should:

  1. Proactively promote enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP to ensure no child in the state is uninsured
  2. Make applying for health coverage as easy as possible
  3. Take steps to maximize our investment in these programs

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