States should have better funding options and more flexibility to cover
low-income children, the National Governors Association concluded in a href="http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.8358ec82f5b198d18a278110 501010a0/?vgnextoid=20da9e2f1b091010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD" target="_new">new policy
target="_new">new policyissued today.
The policy re-emphasized the importance of reauthorizing the State
Childrens Health Insurance Program, which currently offers health
insurance to more than 6 million children. The associations policy urged
Congress to address the funding shortfalls that have occurred in a number
of states, and to ensure that states have adequate funds to effectively
and predictably manage their state programs.
The governors policy says states should have flexibility to expand access
to employer-sponsored insurance, as well as immediately enroll families
that drop private insurance, without requiring a waiting period.
We want to continue creating opportunities for states to improve
healthcare access for uninsured children. Reauthorization of SCHIP must
reflect the needs of states that manage and finance the program, said
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the associations committee vice chairman.
On a related topic, a draft agreement is in the works in Texas that would
improve medical care for at least 2 million poor children in the state,
resolving a 14-year-old lawsuit over childrens Medicaid, the Associated
Press reported. -- by Jennifer