From the Patriot News:
CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE
• Expands state-subsidized children’s health insurance program, which currently tops out with families earning 235 percent of the federal poverty level.
• Helps pay health insurance for families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, and institutes a sliding premium based on ability to pay.
• Allows some families that earn above 300 percent of the federal poverty level to participate under certain conditions, including: If the family has been refused coverage by private insurers due to a pre-existing condition; if the cost of coverage exceeds 10 percent of family income; or if the total cost for the child is greater than 150 percent of the premium under the state’s program.
• Ends the program in 2010, unless the Legislature renews it.
• Allows the Insurance Department to charge copayments for some services covered by the program.