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Bush Budget Cuts Federal Health Programs Vital to the Health of All Children
Date:2/8/2008

Program. However, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, states need an increase of approximately $21.5 billion over the next five years simply to maintain their current programs. Under the Administration's proposal, many states would have to scale back their SCHIP programs."

"Don't be fooled by the President's proposed SCHIP increase," said Lesley. "It comes at the expense of Medicaid and limits eligibility in SCHIP to children in families at or below 200 percent of poverty."

"The nation desperately needs to invest in the health of children -- our most precious national resource," said Lesley. "This budget simply doesn't cut it."

"Children's hospitals look forward to working with our child health allies in Congress to ensure these many proposals harmful to children will be rejected," added McAndrews.

First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization launched by America's Promise Alliance that is committed to making children and their families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

The National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) represents more than 135 children's hospitals across the country, including independent acute care children's hospitals, children's specialty hospitals, and children's hospitals that operate within larger institutions.


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