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New Study Looks at Rural Children's Health Issues

First Focus released a new report today reviewing children's health throughout the country, and specifically, the number of children covered by Medicaid or CHIP.  Using data compiled in every congressional district in the nation, the report "focuses on differences between rural and urban children in terms of recent trends in health insurance coverage and type of health insurance." The report concludes that rural children are generally more reliant on CHIP than kids in urban areas.  This conclusion is of great concern to rural health advocates as CHIP authorization is set to expire in September 2015. NRHA strongly supports CHIP re-authorization and will continue to advocate for its renewal.  Those interested in the report may access it at First Focus's website.

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