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NY Health Advocates Warn of Funding Shortfalls by 2012

January 15, 2007

Governor Spitzer's promise to provide health insurance for all New York children is contingent on federal legislation called S-CHIP or the "State Children Health Insurance Program." S-CHIP comes up for renewal this year, and policy analyst Danielle Holahan of the United Hospital Fund says if funding isn't increased, New York will see a shortfall by 2012.

"If we see a shortfall in funding, potentially New York would have to put a cap on enrollment. You could see uninsured numbers going up as a result."

Holahan says if funding is increased, a greater number of New York parents could afford health insurance for their children.

"You could think about expanding the program up to higher income eligibility levels. We could start eating into to that share of the uninsured. That would be fantastic."

Donna Lawrence, executive director of New York's Children's Defense Fund, says the country should move beyond S-CHIP and create a national guarantee of health insurance for all children.

"What we have in this country now is a system where every single senior citizen has guaranteed health insurance coverage, and we're trying to provide the same thing for children."

Democrats, who now control both the House and Senate, support increased funding.

Governor Spitzer will announce his insurance plan later this month when he introduces the state's budget.

Charles Lane/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY