Arizona children pay more under health law

PHOENIX (AP) — The families of 14,000 Arizona children who lost health coverage earlier this year are likely paying more for fewer benefits under the Affordable Care Act, a new study says.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1mei3xO) that a study released by Georgetown University and the Children's Action Alliance shows parents of thousands of kids have to shop in the federal marketplace for insurance because they earned income just above Medicaid's qualifying limit.

According to the study, KidsCare provided ample coverage with no cost-sharing but the plans available through Obamacare require families to pay more through co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance.

The state ended its KidsCare program, which functions as the federal-state Children's Health Insurance Program, in February.

As a result, 26,000 children were transferred to the state's Medicaid program.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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