Arizona Legislator Pushes For ‘Unfreezing’ Of Children Health Insurance Law

Arizona Legislator Pushes For ‘Unfreezing’ Of Children Health Insurance Law
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In a bid to provide equal health insurance to children from low-income families, a Kingman representative sponsored a bill to bring back the once stalled law.


It can be recalled that in 2011, the law, which once provides equal access to health insurance to children of low-income families, was temporarily stalled. This has generated mixed reactions and drawn questions from various sectors.

With this, Kingman Representative Regina Cobb, in a report from the Associated Press via the Washington Post, has sponsored a bill aimed at restoring the law. Cobb’s proposed bill, which she called KidsCare bill, was already pulled out from the previous committee where it was stuck.

The report considered this recent development as a major leap toward reinstating the previous law, which became an important law for children needing medical attention, especially those from low-income families.

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Cobb, however, said the fight won’t be easy as she’s expecting a lot hindrances and issues that will surely be thrown into the Senate. Still, she considers the recent progress an important milestone, adding that she’s ready to endure hindrances along the way.

A separate report from Havasu News says that when the law was in full swing, more or less 63,000 children benefited from the program previously known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program Budget. However, due to budgetary constraints, the legislature opted to halt the enrollment of children into the program as part of the government’s belt-tightening measure.

“That is a very low income, and they’re trying their best to work through the system and not be on unemployment, not be on (welfare), and not do all the things the state has to fund in other ways,” Cobb was quoted as saying by the Havasu News.

Today, around 1,000 children are only benefiting from the program. The federal government is expected to recuperate from its belt-tightening measures and probably resume accepting enrollees in the program by 2017, the report added.