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New Plan Unveiled to Cover the Nation's Uninsured Children

January 15, 2007

Child advocates in South Dakota are giving a thumbs-up to a plan to expand healthcare coverage and access for the nation's uninsured children. Legislation proposed by the Children's Defense Fund would streamline, simplify and consolidate coverage provided by Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) into a single program that guarantees services to all families. Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund:

"We should put children first, meaning health care for all children now. It should be guaranteed. Sick children don't need to be on a waiting list, they need to get health care."

South Dakota Voices for Children Executive Director Dr. Susan Randall calls the new proposal 'awesome' because it allows access to children's health insurance for all families in South Dakota, regardless of their income. She says the S-CHIP program currently covers up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for children in South Dakota.

"Families with incomes of over 300 percent of poverty could buy into the CHIP program, paying a premium for that service, and then paying a small co-pay of some sort that would be established by the state when they accessed actual health services."

Randall notes 35 percent of the state's children are currently covered under the program.

"It's been very helpful in making sure that kids get treatment for small problems like ear infections and preventive services like dental checks. Because of that, it helps prevent escalating these little health issues into something more troublesome. It also means that our kids are missing less days of school and able to go to school healthy and ready to learn."

Edelman says health care coverage for all children is the smart thing to do, and that Washington has fallen behind what the country wants. She adds more than 9 million children across the country are currently uninsured, and how we take care of these young people speaks to the nation's values.

David Law/Eric Mack, Public News Service - SD