Some $6 billion in new federal funds have been made available to states and U.S. territories through fiscal 2009 to provide healthcare for children through the State Childrens Health Insurance Program, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.
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The funds were made available by the Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 4 to help states and territories maintain existing enrollment and expand their programs. The goal of the statute is to cover 11 million children nationwide.
We are taking an important step to provide quality, affordable healthcare to millions of children, Sebelius said in a written statement. In these difficult economic times, more and more families will turn to CHIP to assure their childrens continued access to critical healthcare services, she said.
The program provides health insurance for children of working families whose incomes are too high for traditional Medicaid, but too low for either employer-sponsored family plans or other private coverage.
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