Efforts To Restore CHIP Prompted By Religious Organizations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/9/05

Efforts To Restore CHIP Prompted By Religious Organizations

Local religious organizations are working to restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. You may remember legislators cut chip funding in 2003. The result: 175,000 children losing health coverage. Now, various organization members say they want those cuts restored.

They're asking the state to apply $209 million to the CHIP budget, restoring the program completely. They say 3,000 children in Lubbock alone have been dropped from the program since the cuts. "We want representative Isett, representative Jones and senator Duncan to understand that there are people in this city who want this changed," says Jackie Jarrett from United Methodist Women.

300 postcards from the Lubbock area have been sent to Austin in support of these changes. The groups say they will continue pushing this effort through out the legislative session.

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