CHICAGO - Wayne County, Mich., this month began a health care program for the uninsured working poor that could be a model for other local governments seeking to cut health care costs and enhance their economies.

The program, which is known as Health Choice, has enough money to provide insurance for about 12,000 of the 150,000 uninsured working poor in the county, which includes Detroit, for one year. The cost is being shared equally among businesses, employees and hospitals.

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