State Group Warns Health Care at Risk for 121,000 Youths

Arkansas Online

By: Dan Holtmeyer

Congress must quickly reauthorize a federal program that covers health care costs for tens of thousands of Arkansas children, advocates said Monday.

“We don’t want to gamble with this in any way,” said Laura Kellams, the group’s Northwest Arkansas director. The group encourages policies that promote children’s welfare in areas like education, foster care and health….
The federal government covers all of the cost of the second track, or almost $200 million expected for this year, said Marquita Little, health policy director for Arkansas Advocates…. “Are we going to cover fewer kids? Are we going to cover fewer people with disabilities? Or are we going to pay physicians less?” she said.

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