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The Southern Regional Initiative to Improve Access to Benefits for Low Income Families With Children

Chapter 7

Federal Developments

Almost all of the Southern Institute site visits had been completed prior to the signing of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 in August 1997. The Act includes several new opportunities for states as they strive to make health coverage opportunities available to more low income children. Some of the provisions are listed below.

In recent weeks, there have been further federal developments that deal with the issues discussed in this report. Some of these developments are listed below.