Dear Friend, 

This week, the House of Representatives passed the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act (H.R. 3922). I voted for this bipartisan legislation, which includes a five year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

In our state, CHIP is known as KidsCare. It is administered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, and provides affordable health insurance to over 22,000 Arizona kids. Qualifying children under 19 who are not eligible for AHCCCS insurance can receive insurance at a significantly lower cost through the program. KidsCare provides economic security and piece of mind to hardworking lower income Arizona families. 

When Congress missed the September 30 reauthorization deadline, the CHIP program expired. Arizona was able to leverage additional federal dollars to extend the program until the end of this year, but without action, more than 22,000 low-income Arizona kids are at risk of losing coverage. This bipartisan bill fully funds CHIP and allows Arizona’s KidsCare program to continue providing affordable health coverage. I will continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle to ensure Arizona families have the affordable healthcare coverage they need.

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.



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