Monday, April 21, 2008
Last week, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) got a shot in the arm from a General Accounting Office legal opinion. Some states have tried to expand health insurance coverage to children of middle-income families, only to be blocked by presidential veto. The GAO opinion (PDF here) holds that the Administration's policy is a sea change from previous interpretations of applicable law, and that as such it would require Congressional authorization. You can read more here. Given current economic conditions, it can only be a good thing to make sure that kids' health is taken care of as families struggle to make ends meet.