Kids insurance program celebrates milestone
San Jose Mercury
Since the beginning of the year, San Mateo County has provided health
insurance for 70 percent of the estimated 5,350 children eligible for
its Healthy Kids program for the working poor.
The milestone was announced in a report made Tuesday to the board of
The program -- funded by private charities, tobacco tax dollars and the
county government -- provides an option for poor, working families that
make too much money to qualify for federal or state health insurance.
In San Mateo County, a family consisting of a single parent and two
children needs $53,760 a year to pay for the necessities, according to
The county's high cost of living is nearly four times the federal
poverty level used to calculate Medi-Cal cutoffs.
"The goal is to reach 100 percent of the children in the county, until
the state or the federal government steps in and develops a program for
universal coverage," said Toby Douglas, the county's manager of health
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