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Pallone Lauds Obama for Rescinding Bush Administration Chip Directive Limiting Flexibility

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Location: Washington, DC

Pallone Lauds Obama for Rescinding Bush Administration Chip Directive Limiting Flexibility

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement today praising President Obama for rescinding a Bush administration directive that restricts the ability of states to cover uninsured children through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

On August 17, 2007, the Bush administration issued a directive that requires states to assure that 95 percent of children below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) are enrolled in CHIP before reaching out to children above that level. Currently, no state meets this rigid guideline. The directive also prevents states from enrolling for one year any eligible children who lose their private health insurance.

"President Obama once again showed his unwavering support for our nation's children by rescinding a mean-spirited Bush administration directive that would have resulted in millions of children losing their health care coverage.

"At a time when the number of uninsured children is steadily rising due to the economic recession, the president's action today means that children who lose their private coverage will not have to wait a year before they can see a doctor through CHIP. I also commend the president for recognizing the need for states to have flexibility in the way they run their CHIP programs.

"By rescinding this directive and signing the CHIP Reauthorization Act into law yesterday, President Obama has strengthened CHIP for years to come."

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