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February 8, 2007

Albany -- The PeachCare crisis gets worse. The state announced it will no longer enroll new children because the state and federally-funded health insurance program could soon be forced to shut down.

The program helps low-income families provide much-needed health care for their children, but it's about to run out of money.

This week President Bush turned down a congressional proposal to continue to pay for the program. Governor Sonny Perdue recently traveled to Washington to lobby for that money. He says he won't stop fighting for federal money for Georgia's children.

"Georgia and the Legislature and I are ready, willing and able to put our fair share into this program. We'll continue to do that, and we want Congress to step up and do their fair share," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

Children currently enrolled may lose their benefits as early as next month. Democratic Congressional leaders may try to override the President's decision and try to include the needed money in an emergency spending bill.

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