White House Moves To Bar Expansion Of Children’s Health Insurance Program

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Late Friday, the Bush Administration notified states that should they wish to raise the income eligibility requirements above 250% of the poverty level as New York and California have passed legislation to do, they can forget about it.

The New York Times has the story of the administration's late on a Friday, congress is out of town timing of a letter curtailing expansion plans for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The letter tells the states that they must first demonstrate 95% enrollment in the program for people under 200% of the poverty rate before they can extend coverage beyond 250% of the poverty rate. New York and California have made moved to extend coverage to 400% and 300% respectively. Requiring 95% enrollment in anything is tantamount to saying 'no'.

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