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Health insurance can be very expensive. Some working people do not make enough money to pay for it. The state started a program called Healthy Families. This program offers people health insurance at a low cost.
Families are charged about $7.00 a month per child for this health insurance. This is much less money than buying insurance any other way. Having health insurance is very important. With insurance people can see a doctor when they are sick or hurt.
The cost of this program is low. Many people are still not enrolling in it. People say that it still costs too much money. They need all of their money for things like food and rent.
It would be great if everyone could have health insurance. People are working hard to come up with ways to make this to happen. One idea is to make the Healthy Families Program free for some people.
It is important for people to see a doctor when they need to. The Healthy Families Program makes it possible for more people to do this. Many ideas are being considered. Hopefully some of them will allow even more families to get health insurance.
(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)