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Catholic Charities USA Calls on Congress and the President to Protect the Health of Children; Urges President Not to Veto Vitally Important Bill
Date:9/24/2007

private networks of over 1,500 social service agencies and institutions providing essential services to more than 7.8 million people annually, and many Catholic Charities agencies provide critical health services to thousands of low-income families.

Catholic Charities has launched a Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America with the goal of cutting the poverty rate in half by 2020, and supports SCHIP as an essential program to ensure access to proper health care for millions of the nation's most vulnerable families.

"Catholic social teaching tells us that every person has a basic human right to adequate health care. Society has a responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to health care, to protect the dignity of the human person and ensure the common good," Father Snyder wrote. "Now is the time for our country to recommit itself to our children."

Catholic Charities said the President should follow through on a campaign promise to help uninsured children.

"At the 2004 Republican National Convention, you vowed to "lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not enrolled in government health insurance programs." The number of uninsured children continues to rise," Father Snyder wrote. "We ask that you keep your promise to the well-being of children in our country."

In his letter, Snyder also asked that the Administration reconsider new restrictions recently imposed on the program by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will reduce services to children.

"Over the past decade, SCHIP has helped reduce the number of uninsured children by one-third and has made significant progress in advancing the health and well-being of America's low income children," Father Snyder wrote. "Under the new rules, thousands of children will be dropped from coverage. At the time that their health coverage is restricted, many of these children could be depending on medications that must be
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