ANA Urges Nurses to Support Health Care Coverage for Children

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09/21/07
Participate in National Call-In Day on September 25
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday, September 25, on a bill reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Senate will take up the bill shortly thereafter. President Bush has threatened to veto this bill – your help is needed to convince Congress to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act with a veto-proof majority. Call 1-800-828-0498 on Tuesday, September 25 and tell your Member of Congress to vote “yes” on SCHIP.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act is needed to extend and expand this successful Federal / State health insurance program. Today, SCHIP covers 6.6 million American children under the age of 19. However, 9 million children remain without any health care coverage. This bipartisan legislation will invest $35 billion in SCHIP over the next 5 years, and will extend coverage to an additional 4 million low-income kids who would otherwise go without health insurance. It will also require parity for mental health care coverage, and expand access to dental health services. The cost of this expansion is financed by a 61 cent increase in the Federal tobacco tax.

Unfortunately, President Bush has threatened to veto the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. His alternative would cut funding by $5 billion, and would revoke coverage for nearly one million kids. Tell your Congressional delegation that this is unacceptable. Tell them that America's children deserve the chance for a healthy start in life. Call 1-800-828-0498 on Tuesday, September 25 and tell your Member of Congress to vote “yes” on SCHIP.

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