Chipping Away at Tough CHIP Requirements
House Dems call for repeal of tough eligibility requirements for working parents seeking health assistance for their uninsured children
"Children should not be denied CHIP coverage because their parents are saving money for college or saving money to purchase a house or saving money to start a small business," said Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, who has secured reappointment to the House Human Services Committee. In the Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has already gone on record opposing changes to the six-month renewal requirement, saying, "I don't think most people in Texas have a lot of sympathy for someone that can't fill out a two-page application every six months." Dewhurst aims to make "Texas Children First" a hallmark of his new term, but his campaign places most of its emphasis on stamping out child sex predators while saying nothing about children's health care.