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Berkley Votes To Expand Healthcare Coverage to Millions of American Kids Under SCHIP

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Location: Washington, DC

Berkley Votes To Expand Healthcare Coverage to Millions of American Kids Under SCHIP
**Protects and Expands "Nevada Check Up" Program**

Seeking to cover even more uninsured kids in Nevada, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted for H.R. 2, The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization bill. The bipartisan bill, passed on a vote of 289-139, renews and improves SCHIP by preserving coverage for the 7 million children currently covered under the program, including 23,000 in Nevada, and by extending coverage to an additional 4 million uninsured children who are currently eligible for, but not enrolled in, SCHIP and Medicaid.

"This legislation will protect vital healthcare coverage for the more than 23,000 kids already enrolled at home in the state version of SCHIP, the Nevada Check Up program. Expanding SCHIP will also ensure that more children in Las Vegas and nationwide have access to the medical and dental care they need to stay healthy," said Berkley. "Preventive care saves money and this legislation is a wise investment in keeping America's kids healthy. Nevada will see a nearly 20% increase in its funding for SCHIP under this package and the $60 million it provides will allow the state to increase the number of families receiving healthcare coverage under this key program."

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