First Focus Applauds Reinstatement of CHIP in Arizona
Gabriel Vasquez (Former Staff)Health
Washington – A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in Arizona today revived KidsCare, the state’s version of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, an effort that will renew health coverage for up to 30,000 of Arizona’s children.
Shortly after it’s passage, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey indicated he would sign the bill into the law.
“Arizona has one of the highest uninsured rates for children in the country, so we are thrilled that the Arizona House and Senate have reversed course and have chosen in the last hours of their session to provide health coverage to over 30,000 children in the state,” said Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus. “We applaud bipartisan members in the Arizona legislation for coming together to address this enormous problem and urge the Governor to sign it and direct his administrative to move quickly to get coverage to thousands of children in the state.”
First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. For more information, visit www.firstfocus.org.