Sunday, December 31, 2006

PeachCare Woes

PeachCare, the state's health insurance program for children, could run out of money well before the middle of 2007 without a new infusion of cash from either Congress or state lawmakers. And, under new federal rules, the state may have to start putting big money aside to ensure it can pay for the health care of retired teachers and state employees in coming years.

This is a STATE run program. Why does GA need funds from taxpayers in OTHER STATES to support a GEORGIA program?

States are facing shortfalls because they are insuring more children while available federal funding has not kept pace.

So it is the fault of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT for the shortfall in funds?

PeachCare insures families with incomes of up to 235 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $47,000 for a family of four.

Sliding scale health insurance for family incomes up to $47,000. Any wonder why this program is running short of money?

"If the feds don't fix it, it's a serious, serious problem," he said.

I am still having trouble agreeing with this being a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT problem.

Georgia created the program. Why is the federal government being asked to fix a Georgia problem?

What am I missing?


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