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Children & Health Reform: Where We Stand
Date:12/24/2009

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Irwin Redlener, MD, President and Co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, a national organization that advocates for and develops primary care programs for disadvantaged and medically underserved children, today released the following statement on release of the final Senate health care legislation by Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"First and foremost, we applaud the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on producing this historic health reform bill which will provide millions of currently uninsured children access to comprehensive health insurance coverage.

"We support Congress' goal to fulfill President Obama's campaign promise to provide mandated coverage for all children. We have been vocal in our concern for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and we are hopeful that Senator Reid's manager's amendment, that keeps the program intact through the end of 2019 with funding until 2015, will be preserved as Congress moves forward with this process.

"We do remain concerned, however, about its future fate: CHIP will run out of funding in 2015 and expire in 2019, moving millions of children into private coverage through an untested health insurance exchange that will increase costs and may deter families from signing their children up for insurance. The implication of fewer kids with health coverage is disastrous, both from a public health and an economic
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