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Monday, May 21st 2007

Closer On CHIP

The Texas Senate moves slightly closer to the House’s CHIP plan. Both in the budget conference and also on their own bill on CHIP enrollment in the Senate.

Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, Finance chairman, got his colleagues to suspend rules so that his committee could vote tonight on the [CHIP] bill.

The Children’s Defense fund put out a staement calling itself “deeply concerned” over the move.

“Families, health care advocates and faith leaders have been waiting for 7 weeks for a hearing. Numerous families from across the state were planning on testifying at tomorrow’s hearing, including Tamika Scott, the mother of Devante Johnson, who suffered from advanced kidney cancer and went without health coverage for four months last year because of CHIP and Medicaid bureaucratic snafus,” said the statement. “We are deeply concerned about the lack of public input as the Texas Senate decides on critical issues that will affect the health and well-being of Texas children and Texas taxpayers.”

Personally I’m just happy it looks like they’re going to get the enrollment to 12 months.