As things continue to Meltdown in what used to be the Texas Department of Human Services, we now have our first press notice taken of a measurable decline in services. This is only the beginning, and is small potatoes compared with what will be coming in the next year.
I have been keeping in touch with my friends who are still working there... and we are at the point where the life boats have all been launched, the Titanic is begining to list, and the orchestra is playing "Nearer my God to Thee".
CHIP Enrollment Down This Year
(Feb. 28, 2006)--Enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program has fallen sharply in the first months of 2006.
Officials Tuesday in Austin announced participation has dipped below 300,000 for the first time since 2001.
Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission says there have been changes in the renewal process.
She also cited collection of participation fees for the first time in the past year and a-half.
Parents must renew the coverage every six months.
Records show about 323,000 children were enrolled in December in CHIP.
About 295,000 children were on the rolls at the start of March.
Critics say changes in the renewal process may have confused or put off some families.
The program offers low-cost insurance to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private coverage.