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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review May 16, 2007 / 28 Iyar 5767

Don't let congress forget kids

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Residents of the nation's capital woke up one morning not long ago to the sort of bad news that we like to think doesn't happen in America: A child died from lack of dental care.

Deamonte Driver, a seventh grader in suburban Prince George's County, Maryland, died on Feb. 25. Bacteria from an abscessed tooth had spread to his brain, doctors said. Two operations and eight weeks of care and therapy failed to save him. Total cost: more than $250,000.

His mother, Alyce Driver, worked at low-wage jobs. She did not have employer health insurance. Between her struggles to navigate between private coverage and the state's public health care coverage, her child never received the $60 tooth extraction that would have saved his life.

Now Deamonte's story is one in a disturbing stack of horror stories that Marian Wright Edelman, founding head of the Children's Defense Fund, carries over to Capitol Hill to persuade Congress to close gaps in health coverage for children.

The horror stories are horribly sad. They include children like Devante Johnson, 14, who died in Houston in March. His kidney cancer went untreated for four months because of a paperwork snafu. His family's state representative intervened, but it was too late.

There are stories of children whose families lost health coverage when they moved from one state to another, including kids in families fleeing disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

Some children get caught without coverage because their parents must constantly re-apply for it, even when they stay in the same state. Others are caught in the gap when state Medicaid eligibility levels or federal Children's Health Insurance Program levels are too low and private insurance too expensive.

That $40 billion program, commonly known as S-CHIP, is up for reauthorization after 10 years and 6 million additional children covered. States are free to design their programs, helped by federal grants and subsidies.

There's a good chance that the program will be reauthorized at current funding levels, insiders say. But with health costs skyrocketing, that would be, in effect, a cut.

Bills to double S-CHIP spending over the next five years are being pushed by Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is famously associated with a failed attempt at universal coverage in her husband's presidential administration, and Rep. John Dingell (D., Michigan). Depending on their economic conditions, states could offer coverage to families making up to 400 percent of the poverty line, or about $68,000 for a family of three.

Who could oppose this noble effort on behalf of children's health? The usual suspects. There are ideologues who have never found a government-funded health program that they didn't dislike. There also are budget hawks who quite reasonably worry about what revenue needs to be raised or what other program needs to be cut in order to pay for it.

What's needed is leadership to persuade Congress that children shouldn't be allowed to slip through growing cracks in coverage.

"Covering all children is an achievable goal in 2007 with political leadership," Edelman told me. "It won't happen without large-scale mobilization and public awareness."

Edelman's organization, which trademarked the slogan "Leave No Child Behind" years before the Bush administration came along to embrace it, endorses a similar bill by Rep. Bobby Scott (D., Virginia) that would add prenatal, mental, dental and vision care. It would also equalize access to prevent children in poorer states from being shortchanged.

It's not the first time that Edelman, a veteran of voter registration missions in the South in the early 1960s, has pushed farther than Clinton to help children and families. They've known each other since Clinton worked at the fund as a law student. Marian's husband, Peter Edelman, was an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services in President Bill Clinton's administration. But the Edelmans parted company with the Clintons over the 1996 welfare reform law.

The good news is that child poverty has declined sharply since then, helped by a healthy economy. But too many families are having a tougher time making ends meet, especially for health coverage.

As health costs and insurance costs skyrocket, the issue is taking on new political life. Americans are growing impatient with the bean-counting rhetoric. We have the best health care system in the world, we are constantly told, and that's true. But the best in the world doesn't do much good to those who can't gain access to it.

Everyone should have coverage. Our children are the best place to start.

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