KidsCare helped Cate Arnquist keep her job and find affordable coverage for her son

For Cate Arnquist, a notice in September letting her know that her 8-year-old son, Zachary, was approved for health insurance through KidsCare brought her relief.

“It’s important for me to know that if I need to take him to the doctor, I will be able to take him,” she said. “I don’t want to worry about how much it’s going to cost me.”

Cate said she plans to use the KidsCare health insurance to cover her son’s health wellness visits, immunizations and any emergencies that may come up.

The approval for KidsCare comes at a transitional period in Cate and her husband’s life. The couple recently moved to Arizona, and only Cate is employed at the time. She’s a magnet coordinator at an elementary school in Tucson. Her employer offers health insurance, but she said the premiums are too high.

“I’ve never had to apply for something like this before,” she said, noting that she’s had affordable health insurance through past employers. “But right now I’m in a transitional position, and those are the times when people really need these kinds of support systems.”

Cate said she and her husband don’t qualify for any programs to help them cover the cost of health insurance. But for her, knowing that her son has health insurance is more important and makes her feel at ease.

“As a parent, your kids are always your biggest priority,” she said. “I think every parent wants to make sure their kids are healthy.”

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