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PNS Daily Newscast - October 29, 2020 

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Affordable Health Insurance Just a Phone Call Away for Many ID Families?

June 4, 2009

Boise, ID – The federal expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program earlier this year means health care coverage is available today for many Idaho families who may not realize it. Family advocates are trying to spread the word about the insurance program, which was expanded at the federal level earlier this year.

Mary Lou Kinney is the director of the Healthy Tomorrows Project in Idaho and a member of the Cover Idaho Kids Coalition. She wants to get the word out.

"We have made initial contact with the governor’s Office and the Idaho Medicaid Office in the hopes of working with them on reaching out to Idaho working families, and out-of-work families, with uninsured children and youth."

The insurance is designed for hard-working families, says Kinney, and many of those people consider themselves middle class in Idaho.

"For a family of four: 3,400 dollars a month gross income. It’s relatively high and it does cover people that are working."

Parents can start the enrollment process by calling 211. There are income guidelines to qualify.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID