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Health

Health is fundamental to family and community well-being.

A child’s health status is shaped by their physical and economic environment. Health impacts a child’s odds of success well into their future. Poor health in childhood means more missed days of school and lower educational attainment and may also contribute to financial hardship and other family stressors. Not all Arizonans have equal access to the tools and resources needed to be well. We work to create an Arizona where every child can access the quality, affordable, culturally responsive health care they need when they need it.

48th

Arizona has the third highest rate of uninsured children in the United States and DC.

44,000

The number of children enrolled in KidsCare. CAA took the lead on restoring Arizona’s CHIP, KidsCare, after it was frozen during the Great Recession.

46%

Fewer than half of children participating in Medicaid (AHCCCS) saw their dentist in 2018. In addition to securing access to health coverage throughout Arizona, we are committed to increasing the utilization of preventive oral health services and promoting quality care.

4

Number of Arizona counties without a single Medicaid-contracted pediatric dental provider, per a new ASU study commissioned by CAA.

2021 Priorities

We will work to ensure all families have access to quality health care. Our legislative priorities focusing on health are to:

  1. Making health care more accessible for Arizona’s children by expanding eligibility for Kidscare, Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  2. Provide pregnant women participating in Medicaid comprehensive dental care during pregnancy.
  3. Build and sustain a culturally-responsive and representative health workforce for Native Americans.
Graduate Jeanna and her two children

It’s for working families who need help. I cannot imagine where we would be without KidsCare.”

Jeanna (center) with her two children

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