Arizona's Huge Share of Kids Enrolled in Obamacare Is Not Necessarily a Good Thing

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In Arizona, 21 percent of the people receiving health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare are children.

That's easily the nation's highest proportion of children getting insured through Obamacare, and on its face, it seems like a good thing -- kids are getting insured in a state with notoriously high levels of uninsured children. That's not exactly the case.

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-Arizona Still Has High Rate of Uninsured Children, but That Rate Is Dropping

While 21 percent of the people enrolled through Obamacare in Arizona are children, that rate's just 6 percent nationwide.

Kaiser Health News, which is operated by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, has outlined a possible reason why: Arizona has been phasing out its Children's Health Insurance Program, known as KidsCare.

"Arizona was the first and only state to end its children's insurance program -- because its state legislature acted before the 2010 Affordable Care Act banned states from reducing children's health coverage," according to Kaiser's explainer.

The Children's Health Insurance Program, which is funded by the federal government and states, offers health insurance for children of low-income families who make too much to be eligible for Medicaid (for example, a family of four making between $33,000 and $48,000 a year).

Due to state funding cuts, KidsCare enrollment ended in January 2010, although there was a window for people to sign up their kids for a temporary version of the program, KidsCare II, which expired earlier this year.

Here's the explanation on the KidsCare II website (emphasis ours):
Notices were sent to about 23,000 families with income between 100-133% FPL who transitioned to Medicaid effective January 1, 2014. Notices were also sent to about 14,000 families with income over 133% FPL who will need to apply for coverage under the Federally Facilitated Marketplace where premium subsidies are available for eligible households. Regular KidsCare remains in effect with frozen enrollment. Just over 3,300 children on regular KidsCare were transitioned to Medicaid and about 2,600 children remain enrolled in the KidsCare program.
It doesn't say exactly how many children needed to transition to health insurance through the Obamacare exchange, but rather 14,000 families. Considering that around 25,000 Arizona children were enrolled through the Obamacare exchange, that might be your answer right there.

Kaiser tried to obtain this exact information from the state, but it wasn't available.

Meanwhile, Kaiser was analyzing Arizona as a "sneak peak" for what happens when the CHIP program goes away nationwide. Unless funding is authorized by Congress, the program would expire in fall 2015.

Kaiser cited a report released this week by the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families, which found that Arizona's CHIP program generally provided better benefits at a better cost than comparable plans picked through the Obamacare exchange.

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26 comments
haterzgonnalwayzhate
haterzgonnalwayzhate

LIE-CHEAT-AND STEAL  LIE-CHEAT-AND STEAL  LIE-CHEAT-AND STEAL        Yeah.....Ya Know who i'am talking about.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Arizona has a relatively large proportion of families living in poverty in which only the children are citizens.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative  ... poverty and human suffering aren't limited to arbitrary political notions of "citizenship".


hth.

Proud2BeAZ
Proud2BeAZ

@valleynative curious to see some data on which you've based your comment, where did you find this data?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

Citizenship is a requirement in qualifying for Medicaid, however, as is financial instability.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Proud2BeAZ @valleynative 

There are many sources for this obvious fact.  If you're really not aware of it, you haven't been here long or aren't paying attention. (or,  like Donkey, you're a liar).

The Federal estimate for the number of adult illegals in Arizona is around 400,000 to 500,000.  Many of them have children who are citizens.  Nationwide the estimate is 4 million children of illegals.

Arizona is number 6 in terms of population of illegals, so it's pretty clear that we have a large number of that 4 million children.

In fact, if Arizona's share of those children is proportional to our share of the total illegal population, as would be expected, the number should be around 170,000 minor citizens with non-citizen parents.

Hope this helps.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Proud2BeAZ ... lying asswipe Repuglykkan Teabaggers like VN just fabricate whatever bullshit reinforces their bigotry, racism and hatred.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@haterzgonnalwayzhate  

Do you have a response for me?  Do you have any understanding at all of the actual issues, or just knee-jerk insults?

haterzgonnalwayzhate
haterzgonnalwayzhate

@fishingblues @haterzgonnalwayzhate   Fishing blues..i thought you were more impartial then that..Come on now....Give it up for the kids...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@haterzgonnalwayzhate  

Seriously?  Donkey with a "good one"?  I don't think we've ever heard that before.

For the record, I'm not a Republican, and nothing I've said has been callously inhumane.  If you disagree, speak up with specifics, or fuck off.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... why are lowlife repugnant scumbag repugs such as you so callously inhumane ?



haterzgonnalwayzhate
haterzgonnalwayzhate

@fishingblues @valleynative @DonkeyHotay @TommyCollins  'Come on now'..Fear mongering is not going to work anymore.Leave these people alone. 'Will YA'.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @TommyCollins 

If citizens of another country need government support, let the government of their own country pay for it.  Is that really a stretch for you?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

What part of valleynative's statement was bigoted, racist or hateful?

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