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SCHIP Reauthorization and Family Coverage in Illinois

One of the main points of contention in the struggle over federal reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has become the use of SCHIP funds to cover adults. In his veto message of October 3, 2007, President Bush indicated that he wants a bill that “moves adults out of a program meant for children.” In subsequent statements about the SCHIP reauthorization bill, the President has criticized states that have allegedly strayed from the original purpose of the program by spending more SCHIP funds on adults than on children. The President has not mentioned, however, that most of the adults in question are low-income parents whose children are enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP. Download and read report

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