January 17, 2015

Children in Arizona among those without health coverage

FiveThirtyEight A report released Friday found that 14,000 kids in Arizona lost their insurance when the state canceled its health insurance program for low-income children at the beginning of 2014. by Anna Barry-Jester



'Arizona is the only state without a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); the programs provide insurance to low-income children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families examines what happened when the state froze, redesigned and ultimately ended the program Jan. 31.

'As of 2013, Arizona had the third-highest percentage of children without insurance in the country, behind only Nevada and Texas and well above the national average.'

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