CHIP Enrollment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A coalition of Texas organizations wants the state to revoke policy changes that helped bump more than 20-thousand children off state-funded insurance rolls.

The Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, experienced a sharp drop in enrollment after December First. CHIP covers children whose families earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford private coverage.

State officials have said that changes in the renewal process and new fees contributed to the decline. They say they are trying to figure out just what went wrong and correct it.

The Campaign to Restore CHIP wants the state Health and Human Services Commission to investigate families' complaints of processing problems. The coalition says parents have said the private processing company used by the state lost their applications and confused payments.

A spokeswoman for the commission says it hasn't heard complaints about lost applications. She says it has investigated claims of improper denials, only to find the denial actually was justified.

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