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MA Needing Assurance to Continue Child Health Insurance

January 15, 2007

Massachusetts is on pace to run out of federal funding for children's health insurance months before it gets more money. Massachusetts will need an emergency appropriation from Congress, otherwise thousands of state children could lose health coverage as early as May. To address such problems, the Children's Defense Fund is proposing a plan to revamp the insurance program when it's renewed next year. Amy Rosenthal from Community Catalyst says the state needs a quick fix for this year, and next year the program should be reauthorized in a form that insures 100 percent of the children who need it.

"States need to feel confident that the resources are there, so that they can begin the effort to really get these kids into programs that are successful."

Josh Greenberg of Children's Hospital Boston says Massachusetts has had one of the better enrollment rates in the country, but the state could use more resources in order to reach out to about 40,000 children in the state who consistently don't sign up for insurance.

"We used to have a system where the offices, head-start programs and childcare referral centers were all trying to help get the word out and sign kids up, and that whole infrastructure was just kind of blown away."

The Children's Defense Fund aims to make the program more efficient by combining separate funding sources, providing more funding, and creating an easier enrollment process. The goal is to provide coverage for the 9 million children nationwide who are uninsured.

Kevin Clay/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MA