Arizona has Third-Highest Rate of Uninsured Children in Nation, Study Shows
Almost 13 percent of Arizona children are uninsured -- the third-highest rate in the nation, according to a new study by Georgetown University.
Part of the problem is that tens of thousands of Arizona kids lost coverage starting in early 2010, when Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill to get rid of public coverage for children in order to help balance the budget. An estimated 47,000 children lost coverage.
This year, the state began its "Kids Care II" program that will cover about 21,000 children through 2014.
That's roughly 10 percent of what's needed.
The other 90 percent of uninsured children will just have to hope they don't get sick.