Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 27, 2007 By Heber Taylor State Rep. Craig Eiland doesn't miss much. He recently collected data that show just how susceptible the University of Texas Medical Branch is to state policy changes. He looked at the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly called CHIP. It provides health insurance to kids who don't otherwise have it. CHIP started off with high hopes and strong public support. It became a part of UTMB Health Plans in June 2000. The idea was to provide kids whose parents couldn't afford health insurance with a basic plan that focused on regular checkups and preventive care. It was a noble plan. But the Texas Legislature, always strapped for cash, approved a series of policy changes that made it harder and harder for poor people to put their kids into the program.