In New Jersey, a Safety Net Gets Smaller



  1. according to health care experts, an estimated one million children across the country would be phased out of the insurance program over the next few years under the $30 billion five-year plan proposed by president bush.
    "they are not looking at the consequences of this for families and children that are going to lose out," said ann martinez, 28, an administrative assistant. she said that she earns too much money to qualify for [color=#004276]medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, but that she cannot afford the $500 a month it would cost her for coverage for her two children.
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    her son, jonathan, 13, has high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder. without the children's health insurance plan, which covers prescriptions, his medications would cost her $250 a month, stretching a budget that is already squeezed by rent and car payments.
    source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/ny...=1&oref=slogin accessed today.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   CRNA2007
    How can these kids be phased out when the funding for the program is increasing? If they qualify now then they will qualify in the future. The current proposal has nothing to do with eliminating anyone on the SCHIP program but expanding it to people that are up 25 years of age and making over $80,000 per year?
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from CRNA2007
    How can these kids be phased out when the funding for the program is increasing? If they qualify now then they will qualify in the future. The current proposal has nothing to do with eliminating anyone on the SCHIP program but expanding it to people that are up 25 years of age and making over $80,000 per year?
    My thanks was entered in error.

    The Bush proposal would result in children and their families being cut out of the program as it does not meet the growing needs of kids losing their health insurance d/t excessive costs and increasing population numbers in need of SCHIP. The indisputable fact is that the number of uninsured (and underinsured) kids is increasing on Bush's watch.


    Source: http://www.cbpp.org/ accessed today. THe 80,000 number is a waiver program for NY City. 80,000 sounds like a lot when you live in rural South Dakota but in NY that is probably a scraping by income level. When you examine health care issues at some level it requires an analysis of federal impacts as well as local cost of living issues. The states have the authority to design their SChIP programs to meet the needs of their populace based on cost of living issues.

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    Source: http://www.cbpp.org/5-11-07health.htm accessed today.
  6. by   CRNA2007
    Bush is increasing funding for the program so how can people that are already receiving the healthcare be cut? Please show me the proof of this.



    Quote from HM2Viking
    My thanks was entered in error.

    The Bush proposal would result in children and their families being cut out of the program as it does not meet the growing needs of kids losing their health insurance d/t excessive costs and increasing population numbers in need of SCHIP. The indisputable fact is that the number of uninsured (and underinsured) kids is increasing on Bush's watch.

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