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Foster Votes To Provide 11 Million Children With Health Care Coverage

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Location: Washington, DC

Foster Votes To Provide 11 Million Children With Health Care Coverage

Today, Representative Bill Foster (IL-14) voted to preserve the health care coverage for approximately 7.1 million children currently covered by SCHIP and extend that same coverage to an additional 4 million children who are eligible, but not currently enrolled in, SCHIP and Medicaid. H.R. 2, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization, passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 290-135.

"While I believe that every American deserves at least a basic level of health care, I think that we can all agree that taking care of our children first is the right thing to do," said Foster. "After campaigning on SCHIP, I am incredibly proud to have been a part of this bill's success, as this solution will truly make a difference in the lives of children in Illinois."

H.R. 2, which passed the House on January 14 by a bipartisan vote of 289-139, is an updated version of the first bipartisan reauthorization bill vetoed by President Bush. The version now before the House includes minor changes adopted by the Senate.

Foster is a lead sponsor of the legislation, and because of this role, he will be present at the White House today as President Barack Obama signs this critical bill into law.

"I am honored to represent the 14th District at the White House today as President Obama signs this bill into law," said Foster. "This signing ceremony represents the culmination of a long and bipartisan effort to improve the health of our nation's children."

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