HHS today detailed proposals in President Bush's $2.2 trillion budget for 2004 to reduce the ranks of the uninsured. With some 41 million Americans still lacking basic health coverage, Bush's plan includes expanding community health centers with an infusion of $169 million; recruiting clinicians to work in rural and underserved urban areas; strengthening and modernizing Medicaid; providing tax credits to help families buy insurance policies; expanding the availability of State Children's Health Insurance Program funds; expanding medical savings accounts; and extending "traditional medical assistance" with a $400 million investment that would prevent families from losing coverage when they move from welfare to work. "President Bush's budget will give millions more Americans the security of health insurance and improved access to needed healthcare and preventive services," HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said in a written statement. -- by Jeff Tieman
HHS takes a crack at reducing number of uninsured
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