President Obama on Feb. 4 withdrew an August 2007 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ letter that limited the flexibility of states to set income eligibility standards for their State Children’s Health Insurance Programs. In a memorandum to the secretary of Health and Human Services, Obama said the Aug. 17, 2007 letter and a similar May 7, 2008 letter to state health officials imposed additional requirements that “have limited coverage under several state plans that otherwise would have covered additional, uninsured children. As a result, tens of thousands of children have been denied health care coverage.”
The president directed the secretary to immediately withdraw the letters and “implement SCHIP without the requirements imposed by those letters.” Molly Collins Offner, AHA director of policy development, said the AHA applauds the president’s decision.
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