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After SCHIP, What's Next?
Date:2/5/2009

Pediatrician, Advocate for Children's Health Suggests Next Steps for Congress and President Obama

(including Video and Podcast interviews)

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Video and podcast links below - Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed legislation to expand the number of uninsured children who qualify for SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The passage of SCHIP extends health care insurance to four million more children, yet seven million children remain uninsured.

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"SCHIP's re-authorization is an important start but there's much more to be done," said Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and mother of two who has led SCHIP advocacy efforts among the residents at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. "Now, we're hoping that Congress and President Obama will continue to make children's health a priority." In a new video (link below), Chamberlain provides her thoughts on ways to "pave the way for every child in America to reach their full potential."

Universal health care for children

"All children in this country need access to appropriate health care," said Chamberlain. In the video, Chamberlain describes some of the disparities she sees in her clinical work. "Community clinics are stretched to capacity and there are not enough providers." Chamberlain also discusses how an economic downturn can affect access to care.

Investing in pediatric research

"Pediatric research is a fledgling field and we're starting to see significant results from the investments we've made," said Chamberlain, who notes that most medical trials have traditionally been focused on adults. "The President and Congress need to protect and
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