Arizona Reinstates Children’s Health Insurance Program After Six Years

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a law reinstating KidsCare, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has been inactive since 2010, hours after Republicans joined Democrat state lawmakers in suspending the Senate rules in order to pass the legislation.

After Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) blocked voting on KidsCare in March, a coalition of Democrat and Republican state senators voted to suspend the chamber’s rules in order to force a vote on the program, which is expected to restore health insurance to 30,000 children using a combination of federal and state dollars.

House lawmakers had approved KidsCare as part of House Bill 2309 on March 2, which the Senate blocked. On May 5, the House approved Senate Bill 1457, which the Senate passed by a 16–12 vote on May 6.

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