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.

Who's Poor Enough to be a "Healthy Kid"?

June 25, 2007

Four New Hampshire groups are among 1,000 agencies and nonprofits nationwide calling on Congress to increase funding for the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) without cutbacks that would eliminate health insurance assistance for kids deemed "not poor enough." S-CHIP funds New Hampshire's successful "Healthy Kids" program.

The National Association of Social Workers New Hampshire chapter is part of that effort. Spokesman Steve Gorin says more kids need to be covered, not less.

“Health care is a basic right, a fundamental right. We think it's unconscionable that not all kids have access to health care.”

New Hampshire's Healthy Kids program currently offers subsidized insurance for families up to 300 percent of the poverty level; under the White House proposal that could come down to 200 percent. Another proposal before Congress, the "All Healthy Children Act," would fund all states at New Hampshire's current level of coverage.

Elizabeth Beeson of the Circle Program in Plymouth reports that the girls she works with would suffer if the program is cut.

“The kids that we serve are between the ages of nine and 11, and that's a very important time for them to be really well covered.”

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH