State lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore health insurance to thousands of children of the working poor.
Without comment the House voted 47-12 for legislation which requires the state to reapply for dollars from the Childrens Health Insurance Program. It provides coverage to children in families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid -- about $27,700 for a family of three -- but less than $40,200 a year.
The state had participated in the program, known in Arizona as KidsCare, until 2010, when it became the victim of budget cuts. Jan Brewer, then the governor, ordered an enrollment freeze saying the state could no longer afford its 25 percent match.
At that time there were close to 45,000 children in the program.