NC House: Cutting Child Health Insurance

When House leaders proposed and passed a revenue package, there was talk of how they had preserved health coverage for children. Turns out that apparently wasn’t the case. Discussion in the House/Senate budget subcommittee that deals with health care on Friday revealed:

1. The House budget (even with the proposed tax increases) cuts 30,000 children off of NC’s Health Choice affordable health insurance.

2. The Senate budget would allow 12% more children to get affordable health coverage.

3. Also under discussion – closing the health program to new parents by setting a cap and only increasing the number of children by 6%.

With NC’s unemployement rate at over 11% now, you’d think we’d want to help families get affordable child coverage – especially if they’ve lost their job. In addition, since for every $1 we spend in state money on child health coverage we get $3 from the federal government, such health spending is an enormous stimulus to our economy. After all, all those dollars get spent right here with health providers in communities all across NC. Any way you look at it, cutting health coverage for children doesn’t make much sense.

7 Comments

  1. Aftercancer

    June 22, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Now you’re using logic, that’s your problem. Remember, we’re all “pro life” until after birth that is….

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  3. blue south

    June 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Aftercancer you are blaming the wrong people. The blame should be put squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of the supposedly progressive (but obviously not) chair of DHHS appropriations, Verla Insko.

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  5. samuelwillman

    June 26, 2009 at 1:07 am

    If you are uninsured and does not have insurance, you should check out the website http://UninsuredAmerica.blogspot.com -California

  6. concerned mom

    July 25, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I don’t understand, are they going to drop kids already on Health Choice? Keep new children from enrolling? Or set the limits lower to where it will drop off families from qualifying? We have 4 children, and are self employed. There is NO WAY we can afford to purchase a policy for our children from a company like BCBS, it would be well over 1000.00 a month! We have all four of our children on Health Choice/Health Check ~ Two of our children have food allergies that require carrying an epi-pen (100.00 each) and three of our children have allergies that require shots, allergy medicine, etc.. that runs into the hundreds of dollars each month. There is NO WAY we could afford to purchase this medicine if our insurance is discontinued with the budget cuts. What are they thinking?

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