S-CHIP Strikes A Local Chord

1 decade 1 month 4 weeks ago Monday, October 15 2007 Oct 15, 2007 Monday, October 15, 2007 1:59:48 AM CDT October 15, 2007 in News

Several Columbia groups are reacting to the veto by pressuring a local representative.

Friday, a few of Columbia's medical students, hospital workers, and children's advocacy members spoke with the media about the "State Children's Health Insurance Program," which is also known as S-CHIP.

Many people strongly favor the program. However, while there aren't any groups actively opposing the initiative, some lawmakers do not agree with how the government will fund the program or where the money will be allocated.

"The situation right now though is should the federal government basically pass a law that gives the states to determine the eligibility for this program and to what extent should that be done and that's the concern right now," said Scott Baker, a spokesman for Missouri Congressman Holsoff.

"We want to educate the public on health care resources and problems in Missouri," said Jane Whitesides, Coordinator for the Missouri Vote Coalition.

Each state has its own regulations for who qualifies for S-CHIP.

A large aspect of the debate stems from the conflict between the regulations in the state of Missouri versus the federal guidelines.

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