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Cash for Kids’ Health Care Up for Grabs in States

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CQ Weekly

By Rebecca Adams

The mood at a White House Rose Garden reception with President Barack Obama on April 22 was jovial. Advocates celebrated the signing a week earlier of a Medicare law that included two years of continued federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program along with a little-discussed but dramatic boost in aid to states.

Starting in October, states will get a 23-percentage-point increase in the share of the coverage costs that the federal government will pick up. As a result, no state in the country will have to pay more than 12 percent of CHIP costs for the next two years. Eleven states and the District of Columbia will no longer have to contribute a cent…

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