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More to enroll in Ariz. kids’ health care program

Thousands of Arizona kids can now officially enroll in a state health insurance program.

Gov. Jan Brewer is scheduled Tuesday to announce the re-opening of enrollment in KidsCare at a news conference at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services authorized a new eligibility category earlier this month for KidsCare, which serves youths from low-income families.

Nearly 22,000 children will be eligible to join under the new category for up to 17 months.

The plan’s financing is built around an arrangement under which three major hospital systems in the state’s two largest metro areas will pay money into the plan.

The hospitals will then get back more than they contribute from federal matching funds for so-called uncompensated care, which is not covered by insurance.

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