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Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - January 14, 2009)


Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP. This is a successful, popular, bipartisan program that currently provides private health care coverage for more than 6 million children who would otherwise go without care. I am very proud to stand here today and say I will vote for a bill that provides health care to children in need, and that President-elect Obama said he would sign into law.

Our action could not come at a better time. With rising unemployment, many families can no longer afford their health insurance. This bill brings them needed relief. Now parents can find comfort knowing their children will have access to health care while they look for a new job. This is particularly important in my home State of New Jersey. FamilyCare in New Jersey serves 122,000 children every year, a small percentage of which come from families with incomes up to 350 percent of the poverty line. It is expensive to live in my State, and even these families need help getting by. I am happy that this bill maintains the State's right to serve these families.

Today we get to make a real impact on the lives of many struggling families. I am proud to support H.R. 2, the SCHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009.


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