MRMIB Slated To Freeze Enrollment for Healthy Families This Week
On Monday, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board is set to freeze enrollment for Healthy Families to offset a major funding shortfall, Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reports.
MRMIB administers Healthy Families, California's Children's Health Insurance Program.
The enrollment cap, which would start at the beginning of July, could prevent more than 350,000 children from receiving health insurance in 2010.
The segment includes comments from:
- Lesley Cummings, executive director of MRMIB; and
- Richard Pan, a pediatrician at a UC-Davis clinic (Weiss, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 6/29).
California officials should reconsider proposals to eliminate or freeze enrollment for Healthy Families, a San Jose Mercury News editorial states.
The editorial suggests that MRMIB should postpone service reductions long enough to secure the funding necessary to preserve the program. The editorial concludes, "Healthy Families has been a major step forward for California, and gutting it would be a costly choice. The state board should delay that call as long as it can" (San Jose Mercury News, 6/28).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.