Dozens Rally For Health Care at State Capitol

A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)
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Denver (AP) Health-care advocates are asking Colorado lawmakers not to wait for the federal government to find a way to insure 790,000 residents who don't have coverage.

Dozens of people rallied at the capitol Monday urging the legislature to act.

Governor Bill Ritter has made health coverage a priority but is rejecting demands to support a single-payer plan.

He says Colorado needs a slower approach that is affordable and that helps control costs.

Ritter's initial $25 million plan would cover about a quarter Colorado's uninsured residents.

The plan calls for expanding children's health coverage, creating a center for improving value in health care and helping consumers find the best insurance.