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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Green Votes in Support of Bill Providing Health Care to 11 Million Children

January 14, 2009
Press Release
Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green today voted in support of HR 2, the bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). This legislation provides health care to 11 million children in modest-income families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act was approved by a vote of 289-138. Similar legislation was vetoed twice by President Bush in the 110th Congress.
 
“Since its creation in 1997, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has provided health care coverage for children in families that earn too little to afford health insurance for their kids,” said Green. “Today’s bill gives states the resources they need to cover millions of uninsured children who are currently eligible for SCHIP and Medicaid.”
 
“The 175,000 Texas children who were kicked off the rolls in 2003 know all too well of the state’s willingness to balance the state budget on their backs, and I hope that this bill will take away the state’s ability to do that in the future,” said Green.
 
This bill reauthorizes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through FY 2013 and continues coverage for all 7.1 million children currently covered by SCHIP.
The bill also extends health care coverage to 4.1 million additional uninsured, low-income children.
 
“I am proud that this bill includes a provision from the Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act that will give states the option to cover immigrant children and pregnant women lawfully residing in the Unites States,” said Green. “CHIPRA also includes language from another bill of mine which provides one year of emergency Medicaid coverage for children born in the U.S. and their mothers, which is crucial in protecting the health and wellness of newborns born in this country.”
 
During these tough economic times, millions of Americans are losing their jobs and health care and state budgets are being stretched. The immediate expansion of SCHIP will be more cost-effective for taxpayers and states, and will bring direct relief to families who would otherwise have to rely on costly emergency room care.
 
“Children need a healthy foundation for them to grow and succeed, and the renewal of SCHIP will give America’s children a good basis,” said Green. “We hope that after three years of fighting for this critical legislation, this will be one of the first bills signed by President Obama.”
 
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