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This Mother's Day, health advocates say health care for kids is the best gift a mom could ask for. Sandy Erb-Wilson with Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says the "All Healthy Children Act" currently before Congress would be a gift that "keeps on giving" for the parents of Ohio's 250,000 uninsured kids.

"Health care coverage is not an issue of the poor anymore, it's affecting working class families. In fact, 90 percent of children in this country who don't have health care coverage are in working households."

The "All Healthy Children Act" would make more low-income kids eligible for federal health care coverage, allow moderate-income families to buy into health care, and provide more prenatal care for pregnant women.

The Act would also make it easier for parents to apply for health coverage, currently provided by Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP. Erb-Wilson believes that simplifying those applications will make a big difference for Ohio kids.

"There are 100,000 kids in Ohio currently who are eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP that aren't enrolled. So clearly, we have an enrollment issue on our hands."


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