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Child Health Insurance "One Band-Aid" Plan for Idaho

January 15, 2007

Children without health insurance should be able to get coverage with one simple plan. Consolidating Medicaid and state Children's Health Insurance Programs into one system would get more children covered, and cost less money in the long run, according to Marian Wright Edelman with the Children's Defense Fund.

"We should put children first, meaning health care for all children now. It should be guaranteed. Sick children don't need to be on waiting lists, they need to get health care."

Kathy McNary with the Idaho Community Action Network says right now, Congress plans to cut the amount of money sent to states to help pay for coverage. She notes several surveys show the public wants that to change.

"We need to make sure that it's fully funded to ensure that all children have health care in Idaho."

Edelman believes coverage should be available to all low-income families, and under the plan, some families would be able to pay a sliding fee premium. Congress is looking at reauthorizing the federal "CHIP" insurance program.

The complete proposal and info on the surveys are at
www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=healthy_child_facts.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID