Missouri Launches Campaign For Children's Health Care Program
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) has launched several statewideinitiatives to promote the state's MOHealthNet program, which was overhauled last year, the St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports. About 120,000 additionaluninsured children in the state could be eligible for benefits underthe program.
Blunt has launched a public service announcementtouting the program and has sent mailers to about 106,000 familieswho lost coverage to alert them that they might be eligible for theprogram. In addition, the state Departmentof Social Services trained personnel at 21 not-for-profitcommunity health centers to process applications more efficiently.Blunt also launched a pilot project at four pediatric hospitals thatprovides children with instant 30-day coverage while they wait fortheir applications to be approved. The project could be expandedstatewide in 2009.
Since Blunt took office in 2005, 71,463, orabout 13%, fewer children are covered by the state, according to thePost-Dispatch (Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,1/8).
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