NC child advocacy groups push for federal support

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Child advocates are calling on North Carolina's congressional candidates to boost education and health insurance programs.

Goldsboro pediatrician Dr. David Tayloe said Tuesday the government's low reimbursement rates discourage doctors from caring for children under public health insurance programs. Tayloe said increasing those payments would help ensure access.

Louisa Warren with the North Carolina Justice Center also called on lawmakers to lower the household income threshold for child tax credits. Warren said the current $25,000 minimum prevents low-income families from qualifying for the full amount.

Other advocates who spoke at the Action for Children North Carolina event renewed calls to reform No Child Left Behind and juvenile justice programs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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