New Jersey Sues President Bush over SCHIP Directive

Monday, October 1st, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Claiming a recent presidential directive will effectively “kick out” 10,000 children from the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine today filed a lawsuit on behalf of the people of the state of New Jersey challenging the letter. The August 17, 2007 letter from the Bush Administration informed states they would no longer receive reimbursements for children in families over 250 percent of the federal poverty level unless the children meet specific conditions, such as being uninsured for one year prior to becoming eligible for SCHIP.

“SCHIP is an unqualified bipartisan success in New Jersey and in states across the nation, and the Bush Administration’s determination to pursue a course of action that will harm our children’s health is incomprehensible,” Governor Corzine said. “This same Administration previously signed off on our decision to cover the 10,000 kids they are now seeking to kick out of SCHIP, and the lawsuit we filed today demonstrates that we will simply not let that happen. Washington should be a partner to states that are trying to cover more children, not an opponent, and I urge the President to reverse course, withdraw the letter, and sign the bipartisan legislation before him.”

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