Sign Petition to President Bush! Urge Him NOT to Veto Health Care Coverage for Children (HR 976)

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09/28/07
Action Needed!
Sign petition to President Bush!  Urge him NOT to veto Congressional reauthorization of Health Care Coverage for Children.

Tell the President to sign the SCHIP bill (HR 976). The Senate overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation by a vote of 67-29. President Bush has threatened to veto this bill – your help is urgently needed to convince President Bush to move away from this threat. The Senate Democrats have launched an online petition. Please make your voice heard and sign the petition. 

Current Situation:

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been extended until mid-November 2007, but there remains a need to reauthorize SCHIP to extend and expand this successful health insurance program for children.

The House and Senate have each passed HR 976, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. This bill, which is the product of a bipartisan negotiation by Members of Congress, is headed to President Bush who has threatened to veto it.

Background:

HR 976 is the product of a bipartisan negotiation by members of the House and Senate. Although the House and Senate have both passed this bill, President Bush has threatened to veto this legislation reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program. If it becomes law, HR 976 would:

· Invest $35 billion in SCHIP over the next 5 years

· Will extend coverage to an additional 4 million low-income kids who would otherwise go without health insurance

· Require parity for mental health care coverage

· Expand access to dental health services.

The bill finances this expansion through a 61 cent increase in the Federal tobacco tax.

The President’s proposed alternative would cut funding by $5 billion, and would revoke coverage for nearly one million kids.

On September 27, 2007, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation by a vote of 67-29. See how your Senators voted.

On September 25, 2007, the House voted 265 – 159 to approve HR 976. Unfortunately, this vote falls 25 short of the 290 needed to override a veto. See how your Congressperson voted.

Please make your voice heard and sign the petition. 

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