Texas mulls cuts in kid's insurance

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has recommended a 1% cut in reimbursement for providers under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to the Dallas Morning News. The cut would save the state $2 million and diminish federal matching funds by $3.7 million, the newspaper reported.

Groups of health professionals have objected, warning that fewer will participate if reimbursement declines, according to the story. The state eliminated dental and vision benefits in 2003, but restored them in 2005.

Among other issues, state leaders are debating provisions in state regulations that bar people with expensive cars from receiving CHIP benefits.

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