Children’s health insurance program to begin in September

PHOENIX  — Low-income Arizona families in need of affordable health insurance for their children can begin receiving coverage in September under a new plan offering relief for the working poor.

State health officials estimate as many as 30,000 children will enroll in the first year as Arizona joins the rest of the country in the state’s version of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program — at no cost to the state at least through 2017.

For as low as $10 a month, the program will bolster coverage for families who earn too much to qualify for the state’s Medicaid program and are unable to afford insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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