AZ Kidscare is accepting applicants again

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Arizona’s Kidscare II program has been frozen for the past two years. But now, with the help of federal funding and private donations, the program is accepting new applicants again.

The program is part of Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (AHCCCS). Its purpose is to provide medical, dental, vision and behavorial services to people who can’t afford it. The plan costs range from as low as $6 to no more than $60 a month for families. Some plans may even cover hospital visits and prescriptions.

When applying for the program, you can expect  the process to take four to six weeks. To qualify, an applicant has to have been without insurance for at least three months, along with other qualifications.

Matt Jewett from the Children’s Action Alliance said that there were 25,000 spots opened this year and they’re filling up fast. He expects that all slots could fill up by September.

The Kidscare Program will officially end on Dec. 31, 2013, but AHCCCS will assist Arizona families enrolled in the Kidscare program transition into a new program called Health Insurance Exchange.

To find out if you qualify for Kidscare and to enroll in the program, you can call 1-800-235-9678 or visit