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Kid's Health Care Prescription for WV

April 16, 2007


Thirty-six thousand kids without health insurance in West Virginia is 36,000 too many according to the Children's Defense Fund. The "All Healthy Children Act" before Congress would cover West Virginia's uninsured children, and the nine million others nationwide without coverage. Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman says it can also be done more efficiently than the patchwork of programs that exist now.

"Break down the dual bureaucracies of children's Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and make it automatic that children will be enrolled."

There are several competing plans before Congress, most would phase-in children's coverage for working families. Opponents say any such a program would be too expensive.But Edelman believes health care for kids needs a reality check, since parents working full-time is no longer a guarantee of coverage for children.

"It's a disgrace that nine million children between one and nine are not insured. Ninety percent of them live in working families."

The "All Healthy Children Act" is HR 1688.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WV