Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania has designated next week’s national “Cover the Uninsured Week” to promote his proposal to make health care coverage available to all state residents.

During “Cover the Uninsured Week,” April 23 to 29, the governor, along with members of his cabinet and staff, will travel around the state to talk with business and community leaders and others about his plan to provide access to almost 767,000 state residents who currently lack health insurance.

“Pennsylvanians pay an estimated $1.4 billion each year to help cover the costs of treating people who are uninsured and underinsured,” Rendell said in announcing the campaign.

The governor’s plan, Prescription for Pennsylvania, calls for access to basic health coverage to small businesses without insurance and to the uninsured through the private insurance market.

Rendell also announced that 156,000 children in the state have been signed up for health care coverage since his “Cover All Kids” program was launched in 2006.