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Children's Healthcare Meeting to Be Held in Springfield

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Citizens for Missouri's Children is hosting a seminar about children's healthcare on Monday at the Springfield Greene County Library Center.This program aims to educate the public on the importance of healthcare for children and the fact that not all employers offer it.The current federal aid provision expires in September and Citizens for Missouri's Children is trying to gain support for a new provision.KSMU's Joe Morgan explains what the seminar will offer.

Citizens for Missouri's Children is a children's advocacy group. This organization asks for community support in achieving its goals. Program Director, Cathy Materella explains the purpose of this organization.

On Monday, the organization will host a seminar at the Library Center to raise awareness about the lack of support children's healthcare. Materella explains why Citizen's for Misosuri's Children is coming to Springfield.

Materella says that many topics will be covered at the seminar but they will mainly focus on the local impact of children's healthcare.

Materella says it's crucial that Congress pass a new proposal to raise more funds for children's healthcare. The current aid will expire in September. Citizens for Missouri's Children often finds its causes are in competition with other programs for federal and state dollars. Materella says that thousands of children are relying on state funded healthcare.

The seminar will run from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Monday and is open to the public. Materella says that anyone interested in children's issues should attend. For KSMU news, I'm Joe Morgan.