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Leavitt Fighting Proposed Boost to Children's Health Care

Leavitt Fighting Proposed Boost to Children's Health Care

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(KSL News) Utah's former governor Mike Leavitt is fighting a proposed $50 billion boost to children's health care.

The Health and Human Services Secretary says the battle between the Bush administration and Congress over how much to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is really about whether the government or the private sector should run health care.

The CHIP program will expire at the end of September unless Congress reauthorizes it.

The White House wants to boost the $25 billion program by only $5 billion. Congress wants to expand it to up to $50 billion over five years.

About 27,000 Utah children are covered by CHIP.

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