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American Federalism in perform is an incredible contribution to our figuring out of up to date healthiness coverage in the US. constantly a tremendous subject, the problem holds distinctive forex this day given the prominence of healthiness care in present day political and fiscal panorama. Michael Doonan presents a special viewpoint on American federalism and U.S. healthiness coverage in explaining how intergovernmental relatives form public  Read more...

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Such state influence on national policy can be seen beyond the health arena. California state fuel efficiency standards for cars led to national action. States are even becoming active in immigration policy, which is ultimately the responsibility of the federal government. indd 28 6/25/13 5:33 PM chip: federalism in congress / 29 crack down on undocumented immigrants and a proposed guest worker program in Utah could each eventually affect national immigration policy, which is all but stalled at the federal level.

CHIP struck a balance between national accountability and state flexibility through a highly political process marked by strategy, compromise, and power struggles. Inelegant as it was, CHIP displayed intergovernmental structures and policy arrangements that expanded comprehensive benefits coverage to millions of uninsured children. National reform and the ACA mirrored some of CHIP’s elements, including Medicaid expansion, benefit design through an actuarial equivalent, the inclusion and prohibition of certain benefits, increased national funding, and state flexibility to design new health insurance exchanges.

29 Senior Democratic staff confirmed that the governors pushed hard to defeat the Medicaid expansion. The Child Bill The Child Bill—the forerunner of CHIP, proposed by senators Kennedy and Hatch—combined an increase in the tobacco tax with expanded health insurance coverage for uninsured children. Senator Kennedy was the strategist behind the effort, and working with the conservative Senator Hatch was a critical part of his approach. 30 The bill, offered as an amendment to the budget bill on May 21, 1997, got off to an acrimonious start.

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