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Published January 12, 2011, 11:47 AM

North Dakota advocates want broadened child insurance access

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of broadening access to a health insurance program for North Dakota children are making a push in the Legislature.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of broadening access to a health insurance program for North Dakota children are making a push in the Legislature.

The coverage is available for children of low-income families who may not be eligible for other programs.

A family of four that makes about $35,000 a year is now eligible for coverage. The proposed change would increase the income limit to about $55,000.

The North Dakota Senate's Human Services Committee held a hearing on the bill Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Tim Mathern of Fargo says children who get medical care early on have a better chance at staying healthy when they're older.

Mountrail County social services director Bryan Quigley says some of North Dakota's oil wealth should go to improving child health insurance.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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