Funding: Archives 2014 & Earlier

Administration Won’t Enforce New SCHIP Rules

The Bush Administration will not crack down on states that are out of compliance with its controversial rules on state children’s health insurance programs (SCHIP).

At least, not for now.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says it will not sanction states who expanded SCHIP coverage without meeting criteria set out in an August letter from CMS to state Medicaid directors.

“At this time, we are not taking compliance action,” CMS wrote in response to an inquiry from the National Association of State Medicaid Directors. “We are determining whether the relevant states are in compliance with the existing requirements.”

To cover youth in families that lived more than 250 percent above the poverty line before, the new rules require a state to ensure that 95 percent of its lowest-income youth were enrolled, a test that many state agencies viewed as impossible. The rules also require states to make children go uninsured for a year before switching between private and SCHIP-funded coverage.         

The news undoubtedly came as a relief to officials in California, who said last week that they would not comply with the rules imposed in August. New York and New Jersey, as well as California, filed lawsuits hoping to avoid the rules as they expanded their programs to cover more families at higher income levels. 

Other states, including West Virginia and Louisiana, have backed off plans to expand SCHIP because of CMS’ August letter.     

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Search

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top