Minnesota To Continue SCHIP Coverage For Some Parents
HHS has granted Minnesota a waiver to allow the state to continue providing SCHIP coverage for some parents through June 2011, according to Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), the AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The Bush administration has opposed the use of SCHIP funds for adults, but under the waiver the state will use SCHIP funds to cover kids and use Medicaid to cover about 18,000 parents, according to the AP/Pioneer Press. Without the waiver, the state would have lost up to $130 million in federal matching funds over the next three years (AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press, 11/6).
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