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Wed May 24, 2017, 09:41 AM

 

Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program

Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program
By Jen Christensen, CNN Updated 3:22 AM ET, Wed May 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump's budget plans to cut the Children's Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.

Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called "A New Foundation for American Greatness," gets through as-is. It would hit children's health care hard and break Trump's campaign promise to "save" Medicaid "without cuts."




Over the next decade, the proposed budget would cut Medicaid more than $800 billion, or nearly a quarter of what the health care program is projected to spend on poor families.
Poor children are covered by a complicated mix of programs. Medicaid covers 37 million children. The Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, has 8.9 million enrolled. Together, these two programs cover about one in three American children, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/health/chip-health-care-cuts-trump-budget/

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