Nevada Checkup Update

Betsy Aiello explains which Nevada Children are currently enrolled in the program.

Children that families make a little too much money for Medicaid, but do not have enough money to buy private health insurance. It only goes up to 200% of federal poverty level the family income. It fills that hole."

Aiello says about 30-thousand Nevada Children are currently in that hole. A program that Sindy Romero says her son couldn't be without.

"They approved me in a week. It was like an emergency or something and they covered the entire operation which was like 10,000 dollars now he eats and he gained weight he was really underweight and it helped me out a lot."

When we talked to Romero nearly two months ago, she was concerned about the debate going on at that time back in Washington about continued funding for programs like Nevada Checkup...the debate has now turned into a stand off.

Sen. Harry Reid said they squeezed as much out of this program as they could before lawmakers came up with funding. "

" The house and the senate wanted more, this is the best we can do. And if the President comes back and tries to tell us well let's sit down and talk about it, this is something that will not happen, we have done the very best we can do."

Dana Perino White House Spokesperson says the president will stick to his guns and veto the bill.

" The President's principal on this program the state children's health insurance program is that the neediest children should be taken care of first."

The President wants states to show they have covered 90% of their children who are living at 200% of poverty level with the State Childrens Health Insurance Program before expanding beneifts to others.

But at least for those at Nevada Checkup such squabbles are of no concern. Aiello says that's because the program is budgeted for the next two years--that's without the funding currently under debate in Washington. While that means parents like Romero don't have to worry....and other parents like her can still enroll their child....it also means don't expect any big expansion of coverage to other groups-- at least at this time.


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