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States restart healthcare push

Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2010

With the fate of a national healthcare overhaul unclear, state legislators are pushing their own bills aimed at expanding coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lawmakers in at least two states, California and Missouri, have introduced legislation for the current session to create government-backed coverage for state residents. In others, including Virginia and New Jersey, legislators are hoping to expand existing state programs to include more people. In 11 states, lawmakers have proposed bills for this year aimed at improving access to healthcare, the Journal reports.