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Capitol Health Call
March 10, 2004

Rebuke on SCHIP Waivers

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1190-d

Responding to Congressional requests for investigation, the GAO has found that the DHHS has been approving waivers for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that are inconsistent with the program's goals.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, the GAO wrote that despite SCHIP's "statutory objective of expanding coverage to low-income children, DHHS has continued to approve waivers that allow states to use SCHIP funds to cover childless adults." In addition, other waivers were granted without meeting cost-effectiveness criteria written into SCHIP guidelines, according to the GAO.

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