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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2005

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians endorses Gov. Blagojevich’s plan to provide comprehensive health coverage for every uninsured child in Illinois
IAFP joins growing list of All Kids supporters; More than 400 organizations back Governor’s plan to make Illinois the only state in the country to offer comprehensive health coverage to every child

CHICAGO – The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) today endorsed Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s landmark All Kids proposal that would make Illinois the only state in the nation to provide affordable, comprehensive health insurance for every child in the state.  The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is a professional medical society that represents 2,100 practicing family physicians throughout Illinois. IAFP joins more than 400 organizations representing medical facilities, doctors, nurses, educators, labor, child advocates and clergy that have endorsed the Governor’s plan since he introduced it two weeks ago. 
 
“Many family physicians are part of the safety net which provides care to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Fredric D. Leary, M.D., President of the IAFP in a statement. “The Governor’s All Kids plan will provide stability and peace of mind for parents so their children can get the care they need and deserve.  It will also help physicians meet the needs of those children.”
 
“Family physicians know first hand how important health care is for children,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “I am so pleased that the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians will be joining with us in the effort to make sure each and every child in Illinois has access to the health care they need and deserve.”
 
In Illinois, 253,000 children are without health insurance.  More than half of Illinois’ uninsured children come from working and middle class families who earn too much to qualify for programs like KidCare, but not e