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30 October 2008

New Report Says Georgia Is Home To 307,000 Uninsured Kids

Families USA --a national, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that advocates for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans-- is out with some sobering statistics today in a new report released called "Left Behind: Georgia’s Uninsured Children".

The report says that 307,000 Georgia children are uninsured making the Peach State fifth in the nation for the number of uninsured children.

The report also says that 86.2% of the state's uninsured children come from families where at least one parent works, and more than two-thirds of uninsured children -—or 69.6%—- live in households where at least one family member works full-time, year-round.

Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA, placed blame with President Bush for vetoing a bill that would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) to include an estimated 4 million additional uninsured children across the nation.

"The children’s health legislation vetoed by the President would have provided much-needed relief to uninsured children in Georgia and across the nation," Pollack said. "Unfortunately, the minority of congressional members who voted with the President made it impossible to override the veto."

The bill Pollack mentions, House Resolution 976, was opposed by every Georgia Republican in the U.S. House and Senate [Sources: House Roll Call #906; Senate Vote #353].