Perdue presses for PeachCare money

February 26, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Governor Perdue is asking Congress for more money to pay for children's health insurance. But he also called
for tighter national restrictions on eligibility so that more
dollars would be available to go around.

Testifying before a House committee alongside four other
governors, Perdue walked a delicate line amid a partisan debate
about how much money Washington should approve in reauthorizing the
State Children's Health Insurance Program. The program was
established a decade ago to cover children of the working poor.

Georgia's program, called PeachCare, accepts families earning up
to 235 percent of the federal poverty limit -- or about $40,000 for
a family of three. The federal government covers about 73 percent
of the cost, with the state picking up the rest.

He and Republican Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi said
some wealthier states are too generous in their participation
rules, sucking up money that could be redistributed elsewhere to
pay for covering lower-income families.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

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