Approximately 47,000 Arizona children will be dropped from coverage when Governor Jan Brewer signed their new budget as of this past Thursday, March 19th, according to the New York Times. Arizona state leaders claimed that they were facing a $2.6 billion shortfall as of 2011.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP is a program in which parent’s use if their household income is too high to qualify for Medicaid however too low to buy insurance plans on the open market.
The Governor explains that more cuts into health insurance may be faced if voters to do not agree to approve a referendum in May which will raise sales tax by one cent for three years.
Medicaid for childless adults will also be expected to end, leaving 310,000 more individuals uninsured.
If you are an Arizona resident and want to view your health insurance options, visit our Arizona state specific page.