Republicans Push Funding Cuts For Children’s Health Insurance Program
Despite the fact that many government health programs can save money and lives,
Republicans are still trying to chip away at the safety net for the
least fortunate. Recently, they turned to incentives designed to help
children gain access to better health care.
As part of an effort to reduce health spending by $115 billion,
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted last week
to cut $400 million
from a program designed to make it easier for children in lower-income
families to gain insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) and offer bonuses to states that see increases.
According to Politico, 23 states have received bonus money for
enrolling more children, with 16 of those boosting enrollment by more
than 10 percent. While the proposal’s immediate future is dim, opponents
say there is a chance it could resurface later on:
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