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Public Health Insurance Picked Up 5M Kids

MARK SHERMAN

Associated Press


WASHINGTON - About 5 million children have been added to government health programs since 2001, many because their parents lost employer-sponsored insurance, according to a new study.

Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program provided a safety net for children whose parents' coverage ended or became too expensive during the economic downturn at the start of the decade, said the Center for Studying Health System Change, a private research organization in Washington, D.C.

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