The Clarion-Ledger, 2/9/9

Mississippi could receive millions more dollars to cover thousands of uninsured children in a recent federal health-care expansion that rewards states for increasing and simplifying enrollment.

But the state first must decide whether it can afford to put up the required matching funds.

President Barack Obama last week signed into law a reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program that allows states to expand coverage to more families and offers incentives for enrolling kids who are currently eligible.

The federal-state partnership provides health insurance for children in mostly working families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage.