Sens. Norman Coleman, R-Minn., and Christopher Bond, R-Mo., joined 6 other Republicans Monday in calling for the Bush administration to ease new rules discouraging states from providing subsidized health coverage for moderate-income children.
The list of signers also includes 35 Democratic senators and an independent, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.
The letter was initiated by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid moved Friday to reject an application of New York state to expand the New York State Children’s Health Insurance Program to make subsidized coverage available to families earning as much as 400% of the federal poverty level.