More than 19 percent of children in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties lacked insurance, compared with about 12 percent statewide, according to the group's 2008 report, which was released on Tuesday. But because the report was based on a 2006 survey by the state of Oregon, before the economy worsened, the reality may be even worse, Saraceno said.
"There are growing numbers of uninsured in the state, and Oregon is struggling to find resources to meet a goal the governor has put before us, and that is to cover all uninsured children in the state," Bauer said.
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Oregon's share would cover an additional 42,700 children, out of about 107,000 Oregon youths who currently lack insurance, according to an analysis by the insurance advocacy group Families USA.
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"The revenue is going down while the need is going up," Saraceno said.
for Public Policy think tank endorsed the Families USA prediction of about 43,000 newly insured children under the bill. She said the timing comes as the state is coping with the effects of a sluggish economy.
Opponents have said the bill would encourage companies to push employees onto public insurance programs and would cost more than supporters claim. Republicans also criticized a provision of the Senate bill that would waive the current five year waiting period before legal immigrants can claim SCHIP benefits.
"It's at a good time," Saraceno said. "When people lose jobs or they lose hours, as a result of that you lose health benefits."
The funds will be welcome in Central Oregon, said Deschutes County Commission on Children and Families Director Hillary Saraceno.
The House and Senate versions are nearly identical, but the chambers must work out a few differences before the measure becomes law. The bill is funded by increasing federal cigarette taxes to $1 a pack from the current level of 39 cents a pack, along with other tobacco tax hikes.
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an analyst and local official. Senate passed the bill on Thursday, after it cleared the House two weeks ago. It adds about $33 billion to insure low Nike Air Max Uptempo 95 Footlocker
income children over the next four years. The State Children's Health Insurance Program was designed to insure children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford to purchase health insurance.
"Unemployment is up in Nike Air Vapormax Womens Deschutes County, and the likelihood of there being a higher rate is pretty significant," she said.
A breakdown of new SCHIP funding by county was not available on Friday. But Central Oregon children are less likely to have health insurance than other children in the state, according to a report by the nonprofit Children First For Oregon.
Meanwhile, less income tax revenue is collected during a recession, leaving less money in upcoming state and federal budgets to patch the safety net.
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