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Effect of S-CHIP funding proposals on Texas

By Sam Baker, KERA News

Dallas, TX –

Texas Human Services officials are keeping watch on the showdown brewing in Congress over yesterday's veto by the President of a bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program or "S-CHIP". The 2-dollars and 64-cents the state receives for every dollar it invests in S-CHIP covers children in families who earn too little for private health insurance and too much to qualify for Medicaid. Congress wants to add several times more funding to CHIP than does the President. Advocates of CHIP are urging Congress to override the veto, saying too many children in Texas are still without health coverage. But spokesperson Stephanie Goodman said Texas Health and Human Services' main concern was covering current funding.