Kids and Coverage in Arizona

Interesting story on the website today, regarding potential cuts to children’s health coverage…..including here in Arizona. In fact, the story lists our state as one of six where federal dollars will run out by December.

Federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired Sept. 30, leaving states to come up with short-term fixes to keep their programs going.

CHIP, now in its 20th year, primarily covers children from low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The program has long had bipartisan support, but lawmakers — consumed by the fight over Obamacare — blew past a key funding deadline and have been slow to extend new money.

States haven’t started to pare back coverage yet, but they’re relying on short-term patches to keep their CHIP programs afloat.

Below are several infographics that show where Arizona stands…..and what be may be ahead in our state.

AZ infographic 1

AZ infographic 2

AZ infographic 4 paints a similar picture, not only in our state, but across the country.

At least 10 states are set to run out of CHIP money by the end of the year, and five states — Utah, Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas and West Virginia — will soon have to close down the program or freeze enrollment. The Kaiser Family Foundation has reported that 48 of the 50 states banked on the assumption that Congress would reauthorize CHIP, as it has for the last 20 years, when they passed their 2018 state budgets. Talking Points Memo reports that 21 states and the District of Columbia will run out of CHIP money by the first quarter of next year.

And KAWC Public Radio recently ran a story on the 23,000 Arizona children who stand to lose coverage. You can listen to it by clicking here.

Share your thoughts on how you believe the next several months will play out. Will we see a roll back in children’s health coverage here in Arizona and across the country, or will congress come up with the money needed to keep these programs running? How would you like to see it handled? driving meaningful conversations around the health stories affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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