Texas lawmakers vow to press for expansion of health insurance for children
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 30, 1990
Key Texas lawmakers are joining with healthcare advocates in calling for an expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. Eligibility for the government-subsidized children's insurance program is restricted to families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. But in a news conference, lawmakers said they will press for legislation in 2009 to extend the CHIP eligibility limit to 300 percent. In addition, requirements that families on Medicaid re-enroll every six months should be extended to one year, they said. Texas currently leads the nation in the number of uninsured children.