Arizona to reinstate CHIP program after 6 years

CMS has approved Arizona's request to reinstate active enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program, lifting a six-year enrollment freeze.

Arizona will open up applications for enrollment on July 26. Children ages zero through 18 years with a family income between 133 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to apply.

The state estimates approximately 30,000 to 40,000 children will become eligible for the program, according to CMS.  

Arizona originally froze enrollment to KidsCare as one of several measures taken to address the state's budget crisis.

With Arizona's program reopened, all U.S. states provide CHIP coverage to eligible children, according to CMS.

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