(09/03/2008)
The nonprofit West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy reports that West Virginia is No. 2 in the nation in the percentage of children with chronic health problems - almost 70,000.

The children have special health needs or chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes. Only Kentucky has a higher percentage.

The report says that more than half of West Virginia children with chronic health problems receive government-funded health insurance.

The report says some children just don't receive the early medical care that can prevent such health problems.


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