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President's Budget Could Lead to More Uninsured Children in California

President Bush's proposed budget could cause nearly a quarter of a million California children to lose their health insurance. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says the president's budget wo

President's Budget Could Lead to More Uninsured Children in California

President Bush's proposed budget could cause nearly a quarter of a million California children to lose their health insurance. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says the president's budget would limit enrollment in the Healthy Families program. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story. 

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The president wants to limit eligibility for the government-funded children's health insurance program. Under his plan, families of four could make no more than $38,000 a year. Currently, California allows families to make just under $48,000 annually. UCLA researcher Shana Lavarreda says she doesn't understand the president's approach.

<b> Lavarreda: </b> The problem here is that the priorities are different than what even California's Republican governor wants to move to, which is insuring all kids in California, and expanding the Healthy Families program."        

President Bush says his priorities are to protect the homeland and get federal spending under control. Critics say he's asking for too many cuts in health care programs. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.