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Senate panel rejects health care cuts for children

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A Senate panel has rejected a measure that would have significantly changed the eligibility of Iowa children to receive subsidized health care.

A subcommittee of the Senate Human Resources Committee voted on a measure to lower the income eligibility for families from 300 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

The change could mean more than 21,000 children would no longer have health insurance coverage. Kim Carson, who heads the board running the children's health program, told lawmakers that cutting the eligibility standard would save the state about $14 million but would cost the state more than $30 million in lost federal funding.

On Tuesday the subcommittee unanimously rejected the measure.


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