State Expects Flat Growth In Children's Health Insurance Program

State health officials didn't request much new money in the upcoming state budget for the program that insures health care for the children of working-poor families.

Officials with the Children's Health Insurance Program predict the program will barely grow, even as the economy sours and the state population swells.

CHIP enrollment has swelled to nearly 477,000 this month from 300,000 a year ago. That's after lawmakers approved an expansion last year. But the state Health and Human Services Commission says it believes growth will slow to a crawl.

Advocates for low-income families are skeptical of that finding.

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