Governors Want Kids' Insurance Expanded

A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)
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Capitol Hill (AP) Some democratic governors say the Bush administration has made it virtually impossible for them to expand a health insurance program for children.

The governors want children from moderate-income families to be eligible for the state children's health insurance program, saying their families can't afford private coverage. But efforts to make such a change were threatened last year with a directive issued by
the Bush administration, ordering states to cover 95 percent of the poorest children before children from families who earn more can enroll.

The governors are asking lawmakers to intervene. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick accused the administration of essentially reneging on its commitment to let states cover certain families.

Still, two republican governors have voiced concerns that expanding SCHIP to cover more middle-income families would take money away from poorer states.