October 2, 2007
5 States to Sue Bush Administration Over CHIP
The New York Times reports that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced yesterday that New York plus 3 other states plan to sue the federal government over the Bush Administration's recent income limits on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As previously noted, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire announced her plans to sue last week. In addition to New York and Washington, Spitzer said Maryland and Illinois would join as plaintiffs, with "Arizona, California and New Hampshire filing amicus briefs in the case."
Separately, New Jersey filed its own complaint on Monday in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. As stated in a press release by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, "[t]he lawsuit accuses the Bush Administration of circumventing the public rule-making process by fundamentally and arbitrarily changing the program via letter, which would have the effect of denying health insurance coverage for over 10,000 New Jersey children."
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