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Government Helps to Insure Children, Even Above the Poverty Line
New York Times

The last few years have not been easy for Dean McCrea. In 2007, Mr. McCrea, 55, lost his wife of nearly 30 years. Then last November the company he worked for folded, and he could not afford to pay the steep Cobra premiums required to keep health insurance for him and his son, Henry, 16.

Mr. McCrea, a media producer in Portland, Ore., receives $380 a week in unemployment benefits, which barely covers his mortgage; Henry receives a small stipend from Social Security each month. “The last years have been a constant navigation of what feels like Class 5 rapids,” he said.