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Arizona KidsCare Benefits

Program Description

KidsCare is Arizona's health insurance for children under 19.

Children ages 18 and younger that qualify can get medical, dental and vision services; all three services combined in one simple plan.

KidsCare is inexpensive; a family's payments are based on the family income and the number of children who qualify. KidsCare will cost no more than $50 a month for one child or no more than $70 a month no matter how many children are in the household. Some families may even receive KidsCare at no cost.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arizona, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $23,340
2 $31,460
3 $39,580
4 $47,700
5 $55,820
6 $63,940
7 $72,060
8 $80,180
Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Applying for KidsCare is simple and easy and can be done by mail. There are no interviews, so no one has to miss work. To download an application and instructions, please visit You may also apply online by clicking on

Free assistance in filling out the application is available by phone. Call 602-417-5437 in the Phoenix area, or 1-877-764-5437 toll-free from the rest of the state.

NOTE: KidsCare Program Changes. The KidsCare Office is unable to approve any new applications. Enrollment in the KidsCare Program has been frozen since January 1, 2010 due to lack of funding for the program, however, you can still apply. Department of Economic Security (DES) will review your application first, to determine if your family may be eligible for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Health Insurance. If your children are not eligible for AHCCCS Health Insurance, but it appears they may be eligible for KidsCare, and you are willing to pay a premium, DES will send their information to the KidsCare Office to add them to the KidsCare waiting list. The waiting list will be prioritized based on the date of the application. The oldest application date will be on the top of the list. If funding becomes available, the KidsCare Office will contact you.

The KidsCare Office is processing renewals and changes for eligible children. Families with eligible KidsCare children must complete their renewal and make their premiums on time to avoid losing KidsCare coverage.

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