Bush Attacks California Health Reform

Today’s New York Times has a striking story. On Friday at 7:30pm, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services issues a letter imposing strict rules on states who want to extend their Child Health Insurance Programs to children above 250% of the federal poverty level–around $43,000 for a family of three.

Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders propose to extend our Healthy Families program to 300% FPL–or $52,000 for a family of three. For California do so under these new federal rules, the state would have to prove 95% coverage of children up to 200% FPL in Medicaid or Healthy Families–a standard that no state currently meets. The new rules would also require a one-year waiting period before getting coverage.

California’s Medi-Cal Director Stan Rosenstein is quoted:

Stan Rosenstein, the Medicaid director in California, said the federal
policy was “highly restrictive, much more restrictive than what we want to
do.”

That’s not an unintended consequence of President Bush’s action. It seems that is the point.

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