NC Senate to Kids – We Can’t Even Match Louisiana

By: - June 26, 2007 10:18 am

This came in just in time for today’s Action for Children news conference on why we need an affordable health insurance plan for kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Health Choice.  Louisiana – yes Louisiana – has just approved a plan to offer such coverage for children between 200% and 300% federal poverty level.  Parents would pay sliding scale premiums, with families contributing almost all of the cost as the income of a family of four got close to $60,000. 

Louisiana Governor Blanco has indicated she will sign the budget that includes the plan – indeed, it is a major goal for her administration.

What did the NC Senate this month say to a very similar proposal from Governor Easley and Representative Verla Insko?  That they were “concerned about moving too quickly.”

OK, Massachusetts does a better job than us on insurance – they have a lot more money than we do too.  Vermont, ditto, plus they have less folks in poverty.  But Louisiana?  Louisiana? 

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