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In SOSC 491: The Upstate Law Project, students are required to write a policy paper on the topic of their choosing. I chose to write about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) because I am deeply interested in how the government can help individuals escape the cyclical nature of poverty. This paper is significant because it addresses the normative question of whether it is the federal government’s responsibility to protect low-income children’s health. After exploring both sides of the issue in light of the debate over SCHIP’s reauthorization, I argue that the federal government ought to extend health care coverage to needy children.

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