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Pressure on to enroll eligible children in Medicaid

Posted On Fri, September 3, 2010

Millions of children in the U.S. go without health insurance, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are currently nearly five million children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP health insurance coverage.

Counting the number of uninsured children has been difficult, but the latest estimates published in Health Affairs put the figure at 7.3 million children in 2008. Children in California, Texas, and Florida are most likely to be eligible for government programs, but not be enrolled.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan want to enroll 5 million eligible children in five years into one of the programs.

"Nothing is more important to our future than the health of our children," says Sebelius. "No child should have to skip a doctor's appointment or go without the medicine they need because their family can't pay."

It's the government's goal to get everyone, not just children, health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, most people will be required to have coverage by 2014. People will be able to get health insurance through an employer, the government, or a low-cost exchange program.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19936179-ADNFCR

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