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Tue September 16, 2008
Kids Rally Across Wyoming
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Democratic Senator Mike Massie announced his plan to reform health care for children as advocates rallied across the state today. Massie wants to increase access to the state's children's health insurance program.
The bill would offer benefits to families that make 300 percent of the federal poverty level. That's up from the current law which accepts children in families that make 200 percent of poverty line.
Jena Sanchez helped organize a rally in Laramie where Massie made his announcement. She says Wyoming has a problem with uninsured children: "There is an under-awareness of how big the problem is. I think it is 14 thousand in poverty in Wyoming and 11 thousand are uninsured and that doesn't include under insured. So I think it's important to let people know how big of an issue it is."
Massie says the program would eventually cost the state 3-million dollars per year. Opponents worry the ongoing expense could strain the state's budget in years when surpluses run low.