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Congress Gets into the Children's Health Insurance Business

April 6, 2007

Salem, OR - Almost one in eight children in Oregon does not have health insurance -- and they are part of nine million uninsured children nationwide. The "All Healthy Children Act" introduced in Congress this week would change that, providing medical and mental health coverage for all kids. Cathy Kaufmann with Children First for Oregon says the federal proposal shows politicians are starting to finally understand that kids ought to have health insurance.

"But we can't afford to wait around for a federal program. We've got a bill in Oregon's legislature. This bill will solve the uninsured children problem once and for all."

The Oregon legislature is considering the Healthy Kids Plan, which would provide health insurance for more than 117,000 kids in Oregon. Kaufmann notes that children without health insurance often don't receive the health care they need, when they need it.

"Not only does this cause problems for them, but it means that right now, we're all paying higher premiums because the only care those kids can access is in an emergency room. And those costs are transferred on to the people who do have health insurance."

Information on the "All Healthy Children Act" can be found online at

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR