Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Limited enrollment for KidsCare II now open

Limited enrollment for KidsCare II now open
Quezada: ‘Parents need program information so they can act now’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Enrollment in KidsCare II, Arizona’s temporary Children’s Health Insurance Program, is open for a limited time. Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Avondale (District 13), is working to keep Arizona parents informed about the options that currently are available.

“Enrollment for KidsCare II is only going to be open for a short time. There are a limited number of spots available for this children’s health care program. The enrollment guidelines have changed and parents need program information so they can act now,” Quezada said. “Arizona remains the only state in the country that has not fully restored funding to KidsCare. KidsCare II is a short-term solution but until Republicans can agree to fully fund KidsCare, an investment of about $7 million, thousands of Arizona children will remain without health care coverage. We must set aside partisan bickering to find a long-term solution to this issue.”

About 25,000 children will be able to enroll in KidsCare II, and those slots are being filled on a first come, first serve basis. To be eligible for KidsCare II, a child must:

• Be an Arizona resident

• Be 18 years old or younger

• Be a citizen of the United States or a qualified immigrant

• Have a Social Security number or apply for one

• Be under the income limit

• Not be currently covered by other health insurance

• Not be qualified for coverage through a state agency employee

• Not be eligible to receive AHCCCS (Medicaid) coverage

• Be a member of a household that is willing to pay a premium

For more information about the program, including income limits, or to apply go to http://www.azahcccs.gov/applicants/KidsCareII.aspx or call 1-800-235-9678.


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