PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

“All Healthy Children” Cure Proposed for ID Kids

April 9, 2007

The 53,000 kids in Idaho without health insurance would automatically be covered under a new proposal before Congress. It’s promoted as the solution for families who can’t afford coverage through work or the private market, and it’s getting a lot of attention after a boy in Maryland died of a tooth infection because he couldn’t get adequate medical care. Marian Wright Edelman is the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

"This is a solvable problem that can keep children from being ill, and keep children from dying. There are over nine million uninsured children in America. Ninety percent of all uninsured children are living in working households -- people playing by the rules, who can’t make ends meet."

Congress is considering expanding and blending the existing children’s health insurance programs to ensure all kids have quality health coverage. The "All Healthy Children Act" is getting high marks from child advocacy groups who say it fills the gap between low and moderate income children who are now going without coverage.

Those against the idea say it would cost too much. Edelman argues the cost would be a fraction of the Pentagon's budget. She believes the current system just isn’t working, so it’s time to fix it, to keep children healthy.

Information on the "All Healthy Children Act" is online at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID