KIVI: Advocates Look to Access Coverage, Care for Idaho Kids

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“BOISE, Idaho — Since the onset of COVID-19, medical professionals have noticed a trend of Idaho children missing routine health checkups and now fear more could soon be uninsured.

On Wednesday, a group of doctors and health policy experts met at the statehouse to address state officials concerning patterns in childhood medical access. The group is organized by Idaho Voices for Children, a nonprofit data collecting organization that uses research to develop draft public policy.”

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