WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress prepares to renew a health insurance program for children, state officials and the Bush administration are at odds.
The states support a bill that would more than triple funding for the program, to over 15 billion dollars. This would allow them to continue to provide health insurance to children whose family incomes are above the threshold originally set.
But the Bush administration seeks to cover only children whose families earn too much for Medicaid but not more than twice the poverty level. Today, that threshold is $41,300 for a family of four.
New Jersey is one of those states that covers children whose families earn more: up to $72,000 for a family of four. The director of New Jersey's State Children's Health Insurance Program says it costs a lot more to live in his state than in most other states.