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Tue April 15, 2008
Child advocates Oppose Bush Administration's SCHIP Rule Change
By Elsa Partan
Laramie, WY – Washington lawmakers are trying to kill a Bush Administration rule on health insurance because they say it would hurt low-income children.
Wyoming advocates agree. Starting this August the rule would restrict the low-income insurance program S-CHIP to families that make less than 200 percent of the poverty level. For a family of four, that's about 42-thousand dollars. Plus, states would have to enroll 95 percent of eligible kids before opening up the program to higher income brackets.
But Marc Homer of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says that's not reasonable. Homer estimates that only about 50 percent of eligible Wyoming kids are currently enrolled. Last week, some congressional lawmakers proposed putting off the 95-percent rule for a year and providing more cash to health insurance programs for the poor.