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37,000 MT Kids Still Without Health Insurance

January 15, 2007

Economic times may be better in Montana, but it hasn't translated into better health coverage for kids, according to a University of Montana report. The report finds a recent surge in the number of kids without insurance. It's news that comes at the same time as a federal proposal to cut funding for Montana's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Mary Caferro with Working for Equality and Economic Liberation says more than 37,000 kids still need coverage.

"If they filled school buses it would be 673 school buses, and if they were Little League teams, it would 4,111 Little
League teams. That's how many uninsured children Montana has, and that's a health care crisis."

Caferro says employers have been passing on premium price hikes as high as 700 percent to employees, which explains why families drop coverage.

Marian Wright Edelman with the Children's Defense Fund says cutting insurance to children in working families is no way to honor Martin Luther King Junior Day.

"We should be remembering that as he indicated while he was alive, of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

There is a national proposal to merge Medicaid and CHIP into one program to make sure working families get coverage. Some would pay a sliding fee premium.

The complete proposal on merging Medicaid and CHIP is at www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServerpagename=healthy_child_facts.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT