bush's proposal includes more money for health insurance for children, but the increase is well short of the amount
congressional analysts say is needed to keep covering 6.1 million already enrolled in the state children's health insurance program (s-chip). the president proposed adding $5 billion to the program over the next five years. but various analysts say states need a $13 billion to $16 billion increase just to keep covering the same number of families. his plan also would freeze enrollment of adults in s-chip.
- the president wants to refocus funds on children in families making less than twice the poverty level ($41,300 for a family of four). currently, 16 states allow kids in families with higher incomes to enroll. under bush's proposal, those states still could cover the children, but they would receive less of a federal match for doing so. his plan also would freeze enrollment of adults in s-chip. of the 6.1 million people covered by the program, 639,000 are adults, often parents of kids in the program.
for being a pro-family president he sure isn't interested in improvingthe system for the poor.....