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The Path to Universal Health Coverage for Children in Illinois

By John Bouman

Illinois's All Kids program provides health insurance to every child in Illinois regardless of income or status. With the passage of this program in November 2005, Illinois became the first state in the country to offer health insurance to literally every child. As other states and Congress consider, in the midst of persistent state and national fiscal troubles, whether to pursue the All Kids strategy to provide health coverage to all children, the path to All Kids in Illinois may be a useful case study.

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