Miloscia bill aims to provide affordable health-care coverage to more children

More Washington children would have health-care coverage under a bill introduced this week by Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way.

Miloscia said his proposal, Senate Bill 6047, would help offset any potential federal funding cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“As one of the legislators who supported a state law about 10 years ago to establish CHIP eligibility statutes, I think it’s very important to ensure there is affordable health care for our state’s children, given the turmoil we see about CHIP at the national level,” Miloscia said. “It’s important that we continue our commitment to children and pregnant women. Whatever happens with health-care funding in Washington, D.C., it’s important that we keep doing the right thing here in Washington state for children.”

Under SB 6047, the family income threshold for a child under age 19 to qualify for CHIP coverage would rise from 250 percent of the federal poverty level to 312 percent.

“There were threats of federal cuts in December, and now we’ve heard that such cuts won’t happen. But it’s good to be ready in case there are federal cuts to children’s health care. It’s important to change our state’s law so that no matter what the feds do, we’ll continue this important program for Washington children,” Miloscia added.

SB 6047 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.