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CHIPped Teeth

As of April 4, 2006, the government-funded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has expanded to include dental benefits with the services it already provides, including surgery, immunization, doctor visits and prescription drug benefits. The new dental benefits cover routine checkups, cleanings, X-rays, sealants, fillings, tooth removal, crowns, and root canals. A letter will be sent to all families with children enrolled in CHIP, along with a handbook, a member ID card, and a directory of participating dentists.

For more information about CHIP, call (800) 647-6558.

DIY protective orders

In conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week, April 10-16, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Access to Justice Commission introduced a self-help Protective Order Kit. The step-by-step legal tool takes victims of domestic violence through the steps necessary to obtain a legally enforceable temporary order and a protective order, including the court hearing. The kit and the process are free for victims, and can be obtained through TexasLawHelp.org.

For more info or assistance, contact Women’s Advocacy Project’s Family Violence Legal Hotline, (800) 374-4673.

Your tax info has a price

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined the National Association of Attorneys General in their call for the IRS to limit the marketing of taxpayers’ private tax-return information. NAAG submitted a letter last week to the IRS expressing concern over proposed regulations that make it easier for private third parties to access tax information, yet impose few obligations on the purchasers. Under the IRS’s proposed rules, tax-return information can be shared for one year with any third party with taxpayer consent.

Although the formal public-comment period for the proposed rule is over, you can ask questions and express your ire or enthusiasm to Dillon Taylor at the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel at (202) 622-7752, (202) 622-4940 or Dillon.j.taylor@irscounsel.treas.gov. Or visit irs.gov.


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