Kids Health Coverage at Risk, Advocates Worry

Lawmakers largely spared Medicaid and Medicare in the debt deal signed by President Barack Obama Tuesday. But activists say health programs aren’t yet out of the woods, and low-income children may be at risk.  An initial cap on discretionary spending, expected to save $917 billion over 10 years, does not include cuts to the government’s health insurance programs. But lawmakers punted another $1.2 trillion in savings to a bipartisan “super committee” to figure out.  The 12-member committee can pass any cuts members see fit, including reductions in health spending.

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