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Report finds need of $335 million for uninsured kids

Group says additional funds would boost Kansas economy

June 1, 2007

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— Kansas could get $335 million in new money for uninsured children if Congress increases funding for a federal children's health care insurance program, according to a report released Thursday by a consumer health advocacy group.

The study from Families USA, a group that promotes universal health care coverage, said the funds would help Kansas expand health coverage for the 49,462 uninsured children in the state.

Two-thirds of them are currently eligible for HealthWave, the state's health insurance program for needy children.

Democrats want to boost spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP, by $50 billion during the next five years. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the proposal later this year.

The report said that in addition to helping uninsured children, more money for the program will boost the Kansas economy by attracting $144.8 million in increased business activity, $50.7 million in increased wages and 1,759 new jobs.

Families USA based its projections on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It's also predicated on the current S-CHIP allocation formula and Medicaid expenditures for children.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he has urged his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to make reauthorization of the S-CHIP program a top priority.

"In order to grow the success of the S-CHIP program, it is essential to provide additional funding," Roberts said in a statement.

The program will expire this year unless Congress renews it before Sept. 30. The program, which began in 1998, targets children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance.

Kansas receives $2.60 for every dollar it spends on the S-CHIP portion of HealthWave. This matching formula is more generous than the matching formula provided to Kansas under the Medicaid program.

"You'd better believe I'll fight every step of the way for renewal," Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., said in a statement. "We cannot sit by as millions of American children lose access to high-quality health care."

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 5 months ago

What a shocker! A group that promotes socialized medicine finds a "need" for $335 million dollars in new taxpayer spending.

Confrontation 10 years, 5 months ago

Why aren't all the pro-lifers stepping up and emptying their pockets to fund this cause? Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Most pro-lifers support only the fetus, not the child. Cut welfare, increase the number of children living in poverty, and don't forget to build more jails.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 5 months ago

This pro-lifer does fund health care, helps the homeless, etc. But I want to do it through charity, not the bloated, inefficient, sometimes-corrupt city, state, or federal government.

We need far, far less government in our lives.

pelliott 10 years, 5 months ago

gosh the republicans and their do it through charity. Wow the kids don't just slip through the cracks, they slide down on a tobaggan. Good example is the charity money being directed to the abstinance only sex education and abstinance only aids education, and the pray for a miracle surgery wing. Kids need insuranse in a well ran program with a stable delivery system and no ties to a church who might just decide since the parents are hated by jesus, the kids , now it is sad, but the kids are the ones who pay, with their health or the lifes. not so important after the embyro stage. Hey set up a socialized insuranse for children. Yes, it is no secret, I wand medicare to continue too.

cowboy 10 years, 5 months ago

what we could have done instead of go to war in iraq...

funded national health care funded pre kindergarten education funded gifted child studies funded specialty education programs for tommorrows scientists funded development of alternative power options taken care of our retuning vets given our elderly the care they deserve

but george you insufferable assh%le you wanted to wave your waker around the world didn't you !

denak 10 years, 5 months ago

I think this is good news for Kansas children. However, I would like to see more attention to the children whose parents are considered lower middle class. Children whose parents are in the lower class are covered. However, what we find for a lot of kids is that if you are lower middle class you no longer qualify for Healthwave and for some, normal insurance is cost prohibitive. I have a friend who has a son who has type 1 diabetes. She shells out a huge amount of money a month to get him what he needs. This is apparently a problem for a lot of parents who have children with type 1 diabetes and who are considered lower middle class or middle class. There has to be a program put in place to help children and families who fall into this catagory.

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