Crist urging use of inexpensive state health care

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist has got a deal for
Floridians without health insurance, but he's having a hard time
persuading people to take advantage of it.

Crist and some top health aides pitched a new program Thursday
called Cover Florida.

He appeared with two young mothers who were without health coverage until learning about the state-backed plan.

The governor spoke in an emergency room and later visited doctors and nurses to explain the program.

It offers coverage for under $100 a month in some cases to people who are eligible.

Crist said an estimated 4 million people in Florida are without health care insurance, but only 1,000 people have signed up for the Cover Florida program.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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