The High Cost of Health Help for Needy Children

The Census Bureau says there are 47 million people in the U.S. without health insurance; more than 5 million of them, according to a study recently released by the Urban Institute, are children. Many wind up in expensive emergency rooms, often because the federal programs aimed at helping those who fall through the health-care cracks are not well understood and not well used. Dr. Robert Simon, interim chief of Chicago's Cook County Bureau of Health Services, discusses the issue with Scott Simon.

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