Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Congress must act now to restore KidsCare funding

It has been 32 days since federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as KidsCare, ran out and Congress has done nothing to restore it.

Governor Ducey's letter to Arizona's congressional delegation is the right move. His idea to dip into the Rainy Day Fund or reallocate AHCCCS funding to cover interim costs is also commendable and may be the only option Arizona kids have for the short term. Should we decide to take that route, Arizona should demand that Congress reimburse our state for any expenses incurred due to their inaction.

But while the governor and legislature decide how to provide that funding, we call upon every Republican legislator who voted to restore KidsCare last year to contact and pressure Arizona's Republican members of Congress who are part of the road block against KidsCare.

We have just six weeks of KidsCare funding before the more than 23,000 Arizona children who depend on it will face the risk of losing coverage.

This unnecessary cruelty can be avoided if Congress acts quickly to restore KidsCare funding. Our first course of action must be to demand they not leave 9 million American children without healthcare.

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