BONO MACK SUPPORTS EXTENDING CRITICAL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN HEALTH CARE
Washington, Jan 14 - Working to ensure that millions of low-income children have access to the affordable health care that they need, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today voted in favor of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. This legislation updates and reauthorizes the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), known as "Healthy Families" in California, through Fiscal Year 2013. Additionally, it ensures that states will have adequate federal funding to continue their existing programs, while expanding coverage to 4 million children, in addition to the 7 million currently covered by the program.
"As America's families work hard to make ends meet, it is all the more critical that we do everything we can to ensure that our children have access to the health care they need," said Bono Mack. "Nearly one million children in California depend on the Healthy Families Program for their health care needs, and I commend the state and local agencies for the outstanding work they are doing to provide critical health services to low-income families throughout our State.
"I strongly support reauthorizing this important program that helps some of our State's neediest families and children with health insurance coverage. While this was not a perfect bill, I am proud that Congress took decisive action today to reauthorize SCHIP, and I remain committed to working in a bipartisan way to ensure that this program serves our children in a sustainable, responsible manner."
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act was passed by a vote of 289-139. Included in the bill was language from Bono Mack's legislation, introduced with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01) in the 110th Congress, to establish pediatric quality and performance measures that would help monitor and improve health care for children.