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Thursday, July 19, 2001
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working hard to provide a bright future for the health of America's children. To bolster the downward trend in the teen pregnancy rate, HHS has made more than $17.1 million in new grants available to help 49 communities develop and implement abstinence-only education programs for young people age 12 to 18. Moreover, new HHS regulations increase individual states' flexibility to provide health insurance coverage to children under the State Children's Health Insurance Program. By encouraging states to adapt the program to the needs of their own children and families, this program will make it possible for even more children to be covered by health insurance.
The America's Children report is a concerted effort by all federal agencies that compile statistics on children to make their information available to the public and to policymakers in a single, comprehensive, yet concise account. This statistical snapshot provides valuable information that those in federal service and the private sector can use to continue to improve the status of the nation's most precious asset, its children. _________________________________________________________________________________