The House Appropriations Committee on Health, Mental Health and Social Services has voted to restrict the eligibility levels for the Children’s Health Insurance Program from 300-percent of the poverty level to the federal standard of 185-percent of the level. Elimination of the MC Plus for Kids program is aimed at saving nearly $96-Million. Governor Bob Holden is upset with this proposal, saying he will not sign any legislation that contains it. Holden says this move would cut insurance for 79,500 children whose parents are currently earning between 185-percent and 300-percent of the poverty level. Committee Chairman Chuck Purgason of Caulfield says the choice must be made to cut funding for those who can afford it or cut it from those who cannot afford it.
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