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Women Entrepreneurs Urge Veto Override of SCHIP Funding in the House
Date:10/9/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation's largest bipartisan women's business group, is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the reauthorization and increased funding of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides healthcare coverage for millions of working American families with children.

"It is in our country's economic best interest to have healthy children," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. "If the kids are sick, then their parents do not show up for work. Because we know that 60 percent of the uninsured work for small businesses, or are dependents of the employees, this issue is top priority for us. In addition to the uninsured, many working Americans cannot afford the dependent healthcare premiums for family coverage. The argument that those currently covered by private insurance would drop their insurance for SCHIP is unfounded. We support the version of SCHIP passed by Congress. It helps ensure our employees' children receive the coverage they need. SCHIP is not permanent. The bill calls for it to be reauthorized again in five years at which time we can review budgetary and other concerns."

WIPP has been working with both Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on strengthening the SCHIP program. WIPP signed a letter in June 2007 to U.S. Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) with several recommendations that would allow the public program to serve as a secondary payer to guarantee a child's access to all SCHIP benefits.

Also, WIPP has worked with Congressional leaders to include employer tax credits in the SCHIP reauthorizing legislation, the Lincoln-Snowe Amendment to SCHIP that addresses access and affordable health insurance coverage for small businesses, and the Kerry-Snowe Amendment that establishes a task force to conduct an educational outreach campaign to small businesses on healthcare coverage for children through private insurance.

"This program expired on Sept. 30. We urge our nation's representatives to do the right thing and override the Presidential veto," said Kasoff.

About Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP):

WIPP is a nonprofit, national bipartisan group with over half-a-million members. WIPP is The Collective Voice in Washington, DC, for 45 national women and small business organizations. Visit http://www.wipp.org.


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