Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell signed into law the Cover All Kids initiative to help extend health insurance to every child in the state, making Pennsylvania the sixth state to embark on such an effort. The plan expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to offer assistance on a sliding scale to parents who cannot afford insurance for their children. Parents earning up to 300% of the federal poverty level may pay $57 a month per child for SCHIP coverage, and those earning more may buy coverage at the state’s cost, based on certain eligibility requirements. The current state budget includes $4.5 million for the effort, and the money will be used to draw down additional federal funds, state officials said. Pennsylvania covered 148,355 children under SCHIP during October. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. law to expand coverage of kids
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