Activists Calling for 100 Percent Coverage of Kids without Health Insurance.

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Community groups and children's welfare organizations say the goal of their upcoming efforts is to make sure all children have health insurance, including those whose parents work but can't afford or don't have employer coverage. Wendy Lazarus with the Children's Partnership and the 100-Percent Campaign says they're working toward a single healthcare program for children in California that will build on Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Cut: Wendy1 (:14) "it will bring in children who are above the income eligibility line for those programs and let their families into the program and participate, paying, based on the families' ability to pay." Organizers say they'll work with lawmakers on legislation to create the program and if approved, would hope to have it up and running within three years. They say much of it can be funded with federal money that has not yet been tapped. SOC