House Passes Health Care Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has passed a health care bill providing a year's worth of state aid to poor families to help them buy insurance.

The bill also includes provisions designed to make insurance less costly for workers who already have it. Other sections say that Kansans can keep their existing coverage longer when they lose or change jobs.

The vote was 103-20 and sent the measure to the Senate. It has passed its own bill, and the final version will be written by legislative negotiators.

The insurance subsidy program would start providing aid to about 8,500 poor parents in 2009. They would be eligible if their household incomes no more than half of the federal poverty level. That's $8,800 for a single parent with two children.

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