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Report: Children’s health insurance at risk

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The Courier-Tribune

“WASHINGTON — A report released by the bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus finds that public health coverage provided through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP, known as N.C. Health Choice for Children in North Carolina), is even more important for children in North Carolina’s rural areas than their urban counterparts.

The report, authored for First Focus by William O’ Hare, reveals that in 2012, 49 percent of rural North Carolina children were covered through CHIP or Medicaid, compared to 35 percent of urban children. But, unlike Medicaid, federal funding for NC Health Choice for Children will expire next year unless Congress acts first…”

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