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H.R. 2, Bipartisan Children's Health Bill, Will Provide Coverage to 11 Million Children
Date:1/13/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Office of the Speaker of the House:

Key Points:

  • On Wednesday, January 14, the House will consider H.R. 2, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization bill. This bipartisan bill renews and improves SCHIP, providing health care coverage for 11 million children -- preserving coverage for the 7 million children currently covered by SCHIP and extending coverage to 4 million uninsured children who are currently eligible for, but not enrolled in, SCHIP and Medicaid.
  • The goal is to get this bipartisan children's health bill to President Obama's desk in his first few weeks in office.
  • Providing health care to 4 million more children will be a clear demonstration that change has come to Washington. This is legislation that President Bush vetoed twice in the 110th Congress.
  • Polls have shown that more than 80 percent of the American people support this bipartisan legislation -- including large majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans.
  • SCHIP was created in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance, and has proved a successful and cost-effective program for providing health care.
  • Covering more eligible children is not only the right thing to do -- it's also much more cost-effective for taxpayers than using the emergency room as a primary care provider. In addition, a healthy child is better prepared for learning and success.
  • With rising unemployment, this SCHIP bill has become more critical than ever. In this recession, more and more American parents are having difficulty finding affordable health insurance for their children and the need for this legislation
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