North Dakota has some of the strictest requirements for children’s health insurance in the country, which some in the state are attempting to change, according to the Associated Press.
Bryan Quigley, a county social services director, told the Associated Press that the state could be more generous in allocating resources to help the less fortunate.
“I come from an oil county, and there’s lots of money out there. I think we can afford to spend, and share, just a little bit of that wealth insuring a few more children,” he said.
According to the news agency, one proposal would raise the minimum income levels required to qualify for children’s health insurance aid from 160 percent to 250 percent of the federal poverty line. A family of four earning less than $55,125 per year would be eligible for assistance.
A previous attempt by then-Governor John Hoeven to raise those minimums two years ago was thwarted by the Republican-controlled legislature.
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