The CMS reports that 7.1 million children were enrolled in the State Childrens Health Insurance Program at some point during fiscal 2007, an increase of nearly 6% from 6.7 million enrolled in fiscal 2006.
While we are pleased that SCHIP continues to grow, we must do more to reach those at the lowest income levels who still need this coverage, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a written statement. Toward that end, we will continue to work with Congress on the reauthorization of this vital program.
The federal-state partnership program was created in 1997 and mainly targets uninsured children who live in families with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or $21,200 for a family of four. SCHIP was up for reauthorization last year, but Congress issued a temporary extension through March 2009, after lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement with the White House on a reauthorization package. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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