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Monday, March 5, 2007

Renewal of federal funding for kids' insurance urged

Politicians and children's health advocates pushed for renewal of federal funding for children's health insurance in an event at Children's Hospital today, citing a poll that says 90 percent of Massachusetts voters favor providing health coverage to all uninsured children.

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Diluvina Vasquez Allard of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network and Dr. James Mandell, president and CEO of Children's, in calling for passage of the law authorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

SCHIP pays for part of the state's MassHealth program.

The poll was conducted by New England Alliance for Children's Health, which found similar levels of support for SCHIP in the other five New England states, the group said in a statement.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 02:30 PM
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