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Call For Easier Access to Health Care For NM Kids

January 15, 2007

The Children's Defense Fund is launching a national campaign to provide health care for all uninsured kids. Top priorities include combining Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program or S-CHIP, expanding coverage for working families, and making it easier to apply for the coverage. The S-CHIP program is up for renewal this year, and Bill Jordan with New Mexico Voices for Children says it's a perfect time to help make sure all kids are covered.

"Congress has ignored the healthcare crisis for fifteen years or more; it's done nothing and this next year there is an opportunity to do more."

Bob Greenberg is a retired pediatrician from Albuquerque who says programs like S-CHIP are essential for children all across New Mexico.

"Indeed, In many rural areas in New Mexico, the majority of patients that pediatricians are seeing are children who are covered by CHIP or Medicaid."

New Mexico has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the nation. New Mexico's S-CHIP program also provides health care for a small number of low-income adults.

The reform plan would expand Medicaid eligibility for kids in working families and simplify the enrollment process. Many eligible kids don't receive coverage because of shortfalls in funding and difficult and confusing enrollment requirements.

The proposal is at

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM