Arizona lawmakers take step toward preserving KidsCare if Congress doesn't

PHOENIX — State lawmakers took the first steps Thursday to preserving a health-care program for children of the working poor if Congress scales back federal funding.

House Bill 2127 would repeal a provision of a 2016 state law that restored the KidsCare program but only if the feds pick up the entire cost.

Instead, it would require the head of the state’s Medicaid program to inform the Legislature of any shortfall and give lawmakers the option of keeping the program in place with state dollars.

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