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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2019 


Trump once again floats the idea of being president beyond two terms. Also on the Monday rundown: A new national report ranks children's well-being, from coast to coast; and a Family Care Act gains support.

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A Push for ‘All Healthy Children’ in CO and Nationwide

April 9, 2007


Over 260,000 kids across Colorado depend on programs like Medicaid and S-CHIP for health coverage. The "All Healthy Children Act" currently before Congress would expand eligibility for both. Tara Trujillo with the Colorado Children’s Campaign says the programs currently provide critical services for only 14 percent of Colorado kids.

"The types of services to these kids that they need to really be able to make sure that they’re growing and developing on target or to be able to identify any services, health issues that they may have early on. The Medicaid insurance programs are extremely important to these kids, who happen to be, most likely, low-income kids."

The “All Healthy Children Act" would combine Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to streamline the application process.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, believes health coverage for all children should be a right, not a privilege.

"We should put children first. Healthcare 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."

Edelman believes the “All Healthy Children Act" has a chance of making it through Congress this session. More online at childrensdefense.org.

Eric Mack/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CO