Children Losing Health Coverage

September 30, 2002

The state Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) serves millions of children and has greatly reduced the number of uninsured kids since its enactment five years ago. But Families USA warns that these gains may be reversed in the wake of federal funding decreases, and a requirement that states repay $2.8 billion of federal funds. A bill was proposed in September 2002 to allow states to retain the money and to eliminate proposed cuts in federal funding over the next two years.