(10/01/2009)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing a $330,700 grant to help enroll more West Virginia children in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

$40 million in federal dollars will be shared by 69 organizations in 41 states.

The grants require targeted campaigns in areas with high rates of eligible children, but low participation rates.

West Virginia qualifies.

The U.S. Census says the number of children without health insurance in West Virginia grew between 2007 and 2008.

A recent study says poverty among WV children could reach 34% since the nation's financial collapse.

The figures show about 24,000 children lacked health insurance last year, up from about 18,000 in 2007.

The 2009 number will now exceed 24,000.


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