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More Kids In Arizona Losing Health Coverage

While health coverage for children is improving nationwide, more kids in Arizona are losing coverage. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says Arizona ranks second in the nation for the number of children who lost insurance coverage between 2010 and 2012. During the same time period, Georgetown Center director Joan Alker says 40 other states saw improvement in children’s coverage, even though polling shows most people believe the opposite.
However in Arizona, the perception that more children are uninsured is true. Enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as KidsCare, was frozen by the state four years ago. Since then, CHIP enrollment has dropped from 47,000 to less than 7,000, and will dwindle to zero unless lawmakers act.

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