Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2009
Contact: Dave Nelson (512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES HEALTH INSURANCE POOL FOR CHILDREN

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate today approved legislation by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, establishing a health insurance pool for children in the child support system. SB 66, which passed unanimously, moves to the House for further consideration.

"This legislation will enhance the state's ongoing effort to connect more Texas children to health insurance," Senator Nelson said. "By re-directing 'cash medical support' dollars into this health care pool, we are creating an option for parents who do not qualify for government-funded health care, yet have no health insurance available through their employers."

Federal law requires parents in the child support system to provide health coverage for their children. If no coverage is available to either parent, a judge typically orders the non-custodial parent to pay cash medical support to the custodial parent. SB 66:

The Legislative Budget Board has determined that there is no cost to the state associated with this bill. The Office of Attorney General estimates that approximately 200,000 children who currently lack health insurance will be covered under this legislation.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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