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Sunday, May 6th 2007

One Step Closer On CHIP

I am not a big state politics person but I’ve been following the Texas House attempt to expand and make better use of our CHIP program. Well that is one step closer to being a reality.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday that he has been persuaded to drop his opposition to a House bill expanding coverage in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“I have been increasingly persuaded to go to a one-time paper application for 12 months’ eligibility,” Dewhurst said in an interview.

Dewhurst said he thinks the majority of the Senate will support expansion of CHIP, the government-subsidized health insurance program for working families.

“I want and I believe my colleagues want to ensure that any and all children eligible under the CHIP program are covered,” he said.

Texas’ CHIP program is abysmal. It leaves money on the table every year. It leaves eligible children unenrolled largely because the enrollment process is far too complex. Going to 12 months is a good thing.

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The opposition to the CHIP reform stems from costs but mainly the fact that families’ eligibility wavers as they earn more or less. With a 12 month enrollment, some are scared of having a bunch of people on the rolls who might have been eligible 10 months ago but no longer are.

Even I roll my eyes at that.