May 31, 2011 8:21 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Governor vetoes fees on kids' health care program

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has vetoed a bill requiring
parents to contribute more to a health insurance plan for
low-income children.

Hickenlooper said in a statement Tuesday the bill "poses
adverse consequences" for access to the Children's Health Plan
Plus. The Democrat says he respects lawmakers' intent to reduce the
state's share of rising health costs, but the bill could result in
children losing health care coverage.

Hickenlooper says his administration will explore other ways to
cut the program's cost.

The Colorado Children's Campaign calls the veto an important
victory. The nonprofit group says the bill would have imposed
monthly premiums for some children, which would have made it
tougher on struggling families.

However, House Speaker Frank McNulty says he's disappointed in
the veto of what he considers welfare reform.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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