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Checking In on Nevada Check Up

January 12, 2007

Nearly 20 percent of Nevada children don't have health insurance, and sunsetting federal legislation could push that number even higher. S-CHIP, the "State Children Health Insurance Program," is up for renewal, and advocates across the state are calling for that renewal to include an increase in funding. Robin Rudowitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation says the rising cost of health care has hit the middle class the hardest.

"Especially for children, Medicaid and CHIP really served as a safety net for those who otherwise would have been uninsured. They were able to get coverage through the public programs."

Nancy Whitman, director of Nevada Covering Kids and Families, says "Nevada Check Up" is designed to help families struggling to afford health insurance who don't qualify for Medicaid.

"I think there are many working parents who don't know that their children could qualify for Nevada Check Up. Their children could have access to health care services when right now they don't."

Whitman adds that renewing and increasing S-CHIP is an investment in the state's future.

"Children having access to health care coverage will keep children and their families healthier, decrease the burden on our emergency rooms and our health care system."

S-CHIP funds over 28,000 kids through "Nevada Check Up." However, there are still 106,000 children left uninsured.

Whitman points out that funds are available for both children and adults, and people should call Nevada Covering Kids and Families to see if they qualify at 888-660-4728.

Charles Lane/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV