The title says it all:
Wisconsin to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Kids, Regardless of Income
What, you want more?
Gov. Jim Doyle (D-Wis.) announced Wednesday "a sweeping restructuring of state health programs" that will take effect February 1, 2009, and will allow all parents, no matter their income level, to buy affordable coverage for their children, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
I like this idea, but I'm not sure how much. As anyone with kids knows, my insurance is cheap, add in my wife and family and it goes way up. The cost is $595.52 per month out of my paycheck and $346.38 from my employer. That's ~$950 a month for health insurance. I remember the good old days when I was at Duke and my family plan was increased to $200/month. By myself, the rate is only $43.98 a month plus $346.38. Add in my wife and it is $564. So the kids are only $30 a month.
Isn't that a bit fishy?
Anyway, this plan would...
allow families with children who do not qualify for existing state programs to buy insurance. The cost will range from $10 to $68.53 a month and will depend on the family's income.
So, for me, a program like this wouldn't help. UNLESS, I could add the children to that and my wife was a full-time worker, then she could get cheap insurance of her own, I could get cheap insurance of my own, and the kids would be paid for through this plan.