The following letter was sent to Gov. Doug Ducey on March 23, 2016.
The Honorable Doug Ducey
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Dear Governor Ducey:
On behalf of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the regional association serving Arizona’s philanthropic community, I am writing to urge you to lift the temporary freeze on KidsCare, Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Arizona foundations and corporate funders invest significant resources in initiatives that improve the health and well-being of children by funding medical research and supporting innovative solutions to complex societal problems. Like you, AGF supports public policies that contribute to a sound economy and are accountable to taxpayers.
Restoring KidsCare coverage accomplishes both objectives.
Healthy children perform better in school and become successful adults. A recent study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found that children who benefited from health coverage were less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to graduate from college and earn higher incomes as adults.
We are grateful that you have made investing in education a priority. Reinstating KidsCare strengthens your commitment to improving the lives of all Arizona students and securing the future of our state.
KidsCare is good for Arizona’s economy and the state budget. Research from Harvard Business School found that families with CHIP coverage saw a 23 percent higher rate of self-employment and a 31 percent higher rate of ownership of incorporated businesses.
And with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now paying 100 percent of the costs for KidsCare through at least fiscal year 2017, restoring KidsCare comes at no cost to the state. With the federal tax dollars Arizona taxpayers have already paid, we can connect more than 30,000 children to lifesaving therapies, well-child visits and oral health care.
With your leadership, Arizona can reach a healthier future where employed parents do not have to worry about their sick child and kids are better able to learn because they are healthy—no matter what their zip code is.
We are counting on you to work with lawmakers to lift the freeze on KidsCare so that all Arizona children have an equal opportunity to flourish.