Week of 7.6.07
Insuring the Children
This Week: About the Show | Understanding SCHIP | State-by-State: Children's Health Care | Question of the Week | Transcript» See also NOW: Children's Health Care Showdown (11.9.07)
While 45 percent of all children in the United States are receiving some form of public medical assistance, nine million children are not covered by either public or private health care. The State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, is a block grant from the federal government to cover those low-income children. Each state operates SCHIP under different local names. In Georgia, for exmaple, it's called PeachCare. But the national fund is running out of money.
Video: Insuring the Children
This week NOW investigates how SCHIP's future is caught up in a battle between those who think the government insures too many kids, and those who think it's not doing enough.
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SCHIP: Frequently Asked Questions
NOW: Understanding SCHIP
NOW: State-by-State: Children's Health Care
NOW: Michael Moore on "Sicko"
NOW: Payment Due
NOW: How to Protect Yourself from a Health Insurance Nightmare
NOW on the News: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on Universal Health Care
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Freezing SCHIP funding in coming years would reverse recent gains in children's health coverage
The Heritage Foundation: SCHIP should not become a welfare entitlement
Topic Search: Medicine & Healthcare, Government/Politics
Interview: Troy Cle
African-American author Troy Cle sits down with David Brancaccio to talk about his fantasy book series, "Marvelous World," which some are characterizing as the "black Harry Potter." But this isn't a Victorian English school out in the country. Cle's protagonist, Louis Proof, listens to hip-hop, races radio-controlled cars, and spends much of his time at the local junkyard in this fantasy-adventure set in East Orange, New Jersey. Cle, who is determined to get kids reading, says his series is "heavily action driven but rests on a foundation of more classical literature."
NOW Interview: Rueben Martínez on Reading in Spanish Speaking Homes
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Update: Iraqi Translator Safe in U.S.
In May, NOW spoke with Nour al Khal, the Iraqi translator who fled her country after being targeted by the same death squads that murdered her colleague, American reporter Stephen Vincent. In NOW: Casualties of War we met Nour while she was in Jordan living in hiding as Steven's widow, Lisa Ramaci, tried to convince the American government to permit her into the U.S. After 18 months, Ramaci has finally succeeded. This week we watch as Ramaci meets for the first time the woman who stood so loyally by her husband in Iraq.
Topic Search: Iraq War