House, Senate at Odds over Health Care Subsidies

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House and Senate are at odds over providing aid to poor families to help them buy health insurance.

Last year, legislators created the program, promising that the subsidies would start in 2009. Initially, about 8,500 families would receive the aid. They'd be eligible if their household incomes are half of the federal poverty level or less. That's about $8,800 a year for a single parent with
two children.

Many senators are nervous about the potential cost. They gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that postpones the program indefinitely.

But in the House, leaders in both parties agreed to offer a year's worth of aid to poor families. The House plans to debate a health care bill Thursday.

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