Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) proposed a "Medicare-like" program to provide universal coverage for children, a move that came during Cover the Uninsured Week. Under the bill, parents would pay an unspecified premium on their income tax returns for the months their children were covered under the new program instead of by private health insurance. The bill is supported by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Yesterday Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation that would compel Congress to vote on a proposal for helping the nation's uninsured. According to Census Bureau estimates, about 41 million Americans lack health insurance. -- by Jeff Tieman
Lawmakers propose 'Medicare' for children
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