Lobbying Effort Could Aid Renewal of Kids’ Insurance Program
The reauthorization of the state children's health insurance program with additional funds later this year could rely on an effective lobbying campaign, The Hill reports.
Supporters of Democratic proposals to reauthorize SCHIP have estimated costs at $12 billion to $50 billion over five years.
The Association of Community Affiliated Plans has lobbied for reauthorization of SCHIP on behalf of health care providers, but "the group lacks the clout to exert its agenda on its own," The Hill reports.
ACAP Vice Chair Bob Thompson said that the group requires substantial help from Families USA and other advocacy groups to ensure reauthorization of SCHIP with additional funds. "ACAP doesn't see itself as the driver. It sees itself as part of the train," Thompson said.
The National Governors Association meeting at the end of February in Washington, D.C., likely will involve lobbying for reauthorization of SCHIP with additional funds (Young, The Hill, 2/8).
NPR's "News & Notes" on Tuesday included a discussion on SCHIP and other provisions in the Bush budget proposal. Guests on the program included economist and commentator Julianne Malveaux, CEO of Last Word Productions (Cox, "News & Notes," NPR, 2/6). Audio of the segment is available online.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.