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Minnesota health advocates push universal coverage

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A coalition pushing universal health coverage for all Minnesotans today called for passage of a bill that would focus first on covering the estimated 77,000 children in the state who lack health insurance.

A group of supporters of the proposed Minnesota Health Security Act, introduced Thursday in the Minnesota Senate, said the need for affordable, universal coverage is especially urgent in light of the rising unemployment rate, now 7.2 percent nationally.

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