By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Phoenix (AP) - The House has passed a measure that would restore state-sponsored health insurance coverage to low-income children in a program known as KidsCare.

House Bill 2309 would allow children in families with incomes from 138 to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to enroll in a program that was frozen because of budget shortfalls five years ago.

Arizona is the only state without an active program. It once covered more than 63,000 children but fewer than 1,000 are covered now.

The federal government would pick up the full cost of the insurance at least through 2017. The bill would let the state suspend the program if the federal government stops funding it.

The measure passed on a 47-12 vote Wednesday. It now moves to the Senate.

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