ROSKAM OFFERS RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO CHAMP ACT
Congressman Roskam Introduces Legislation to Extend SCHIP While Covering Illinois' Funding Shortfall
Washington, Sep 20 - Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) yesterday partnered in introducing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Extension Act of 2007, H.R. 3584, which extends the SCHIP program by 18 months while allocating additional funds for 13 states, including Illinois, facing an expected funding shortfall.
"While politicians in Washington debate SCHIP reauthorization we must ensure that health coverage for Illinois' children does not suffer.
"The CHAMP Act, which I opposed when it was passed by the new majority, does not maintain the intent of the original program - to cover children in need. Instead, it becomes an open-ended entitlement program where illegal immigrants have access to this taxpayer funded program. Also, this misguided legislation would allow states to cover a family of four making more than $80,000.
"While this debate advances, under a veto threat by the President, I have chosen to move forward with my colleagues to introduce a bill that will extend SCHIP for 18 months. This bill is a responsible measure that reins back this program to its true purpose.
"This extension ensures children most in need obtain the health care coverage they require while simultaneously making certain that we do not create another large bureaucratic entitlement program. This guarantees that Congress will be wise when it spends precious taxpayer dollars."