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Panelists see progress on expanding kids’ coverage
Modern Healthcare

America has made considerable progress in providing health insurance to children and now needs to maintain that momentum and expand coverage to other potential enrollees, a panel of healthcare experts said Monday on Capitol Hill.

The Alliance for Health Reform and Centene Corp.—a company that provides coverage to uninsured and underinsured children through locally based health plans—co-hosted a panel discussion on the state of children’s healthcare in Washington on Monday, a day before House Republicans will release their 2012 budget that is expected to propose block grants to Medicaid. One panelist suggested the block-grant mechanism could compromise expanded coverage for children.