Do not count on state-mandated short-term disability insurance for financial assistance during an extended work absence. Arizona does not offer a program that provides income replacement benefits for non-occupational medical conditions.
Parents and other people concerned about paying their bills while unable to work must purchase an individual or group policy before becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. The entitlement works best when offered through an employer.
New parents having children will find limited financial assistance during a leave of absence from work. State and federal parental leave law offer very limited income protections.
However, having a job and keeping access to health insurance is also very important. Learn about the rights you could enjoy while taking time at home to recover from childbirth or to bond with your newborn baby.