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Arizona rejoins Children's Health Insurance Program

Arizona has rejoined the federal health insurance program forchildren from low-income families.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law legislation that was approvedby the state's House of Representatives after a fierce debate. The opponents ofthe legislation cited cost concerns, while the backers stressed the need to closethe gap in affordable health insurance options, Reuters reported May 6.

The Children's Health Insurance Program aims to provide insurancecoverage to families that do not qualify for Medicaid health care coverage for thepoor, but do not earn enough to afford private health insurance.

A family of four making between $33,000 and $49,000 a year willbe eligible for insurance under Arizona's KidsCare program. The program is expectedto provide insurance to approximately 30,000 children, according to the report.

Arizona had left the federal program in 2010 because of budgetconstraints, the news outlet reported.