State Expects Flat Growth In Children's Health Insurance Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas health officials didn't request much new
money in the upcoming state budget to help cover children of
working-poor families.
Officials with the Children's Health Insurance Program predict
the program will barely grow.
Advocates for low-income families are skeptical.
CHIP enrollment reached nearly 477,000 this month -- compared to
300,000 one year ago, after lawmakers approved an expansion.
Health and Human Services Commission researchers expect
enrollment to average between 480,000 and 486,000 in each of the
next three years.
CHIP spent 921 million dollars in the last two-year budget cycle
and is on target to cost 2.1 billion in this cycle.
Officials expect costs to rise to 2.5 billion dollars in the
next two-year cycle.
Of that, state funds would make up about 700 million - up from
600 million dollars in the current period.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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