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.