April 22, 2008 - By limiting individual states’ ability to provide health coverage to moderate-income children, the Bush administration violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released last week.
Despite many working families struggling with skyrocketing health care costs, President Bush twice last year vetoed legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
As a result, many state officials have stepped up efforts to provide more children with health insurance. The Bush administration, however, has gone one step further and blocked states from using money for to cover many middle income children.
While the Bush administration will not be forced to rescind their directive, the decision provides much needed support to multiple states looking to expand health insurance to more children and reduces the chances the policy can be put into effect before Bush leaves office.
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