The number of Arizona children covered through KidsCare Health Insurance has reached a new high this week at 25,154 since the program re-opened in late 2016. After being frozen for six years, the number of children enrolled has ballooned from about 500 to over 25,000.
Community groups have worked to get the message out to Arizona’s working families that they can again sign their children up. KidsCare has been a lifeline for working families by providing low-cost health coverage for kids whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid/AHCCCS, but aren’t offered or can’t afford health insurance on their own.
Wendy of Tucson, whose eight-year-old son was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, has relied on the kid-friendly benefits package that meets the needs of children, especially those with special healthcare conditions. All children covered through KidsCare can see a doctor or a dentist when they get sick and stay on top of their checkups and immunizations and conditions like asthma. It’s estimated that there are over 40,000 children who qualify for KidsCare in our state.
“We expect enrollment to continue to climb,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, CEO and President of Children’s Action Alliance, a child advocacy group that was instrumental in lifting the KidsCare freeze in 2016.