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Children suffer as states cut health budgets

Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2009

As the recession forces more hospitals and doctors to pare costs, the cutbacks are especially affecting children covered by Medicaid, who are being turned away from receiving care. While children have always made up about half of Medicaid's rolls, their numbers have swelled in recent years to the point that at least 22 million, or one in four, U.S. kids now get their health coverage through Medicaid or a state Children's Health Insurance Program.