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Hispanic Leaders Urge President Bush to Sign SCHIP Bill
Date:9/28/2007

Over 1 million Hispanic children would be helped by reauthorization of

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "We agree with Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the fathers of the SCHIP program who said, 'Covering these children is worth every cent,'" said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

"The Senate and House have voted for the children of America's laboring families, but now it is time to get the job done! Mr. President, you will make a lasting difference for America's families by signing SCHIP legislation being delivered to your desk by Congress," continued Dr. Delgado.

Last night, in a vote of 67 to 29, the Senate overwhelmingly passed reauthorization legislation for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), following passage by the House on Tuesday by a vote of 265-159. The legislation is being prepared for the President's desk.

"We congratulate Congress on taking action to reauthorize SCHIP, but the clock is ticking. Millions of working families will lose health insurance for their children, unless the President signs the bill before the program expires on September 30th -- a step the President should take for America's laboring families," urged Dr. Delgado.

The Alliance applauded Congress on several components of the legislation, including:

-- Retention of a $1 tobacco tax to finance the legislation.

-- Coverage of 4 million children, including over 1 million Hispanic

children, who would otherwise be uninsured.

-- Inclusion of limited English proficient outreach provisions for SCHIP

enrollment of children, including a 75% federal match to state funds

for such outreach.

According to Dr. Delgado, "While we are disappointed that the final legislation did not eliminate the 5-year ban for receivin
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SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health
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