"Whoever cares for the least
cares for the divine image in our midst. The health and well-being of children,
especially those living in the richest nation in the world, should never be
reduced to political ideology, and I urge Congress and the Bush Administration
to renew S-CHIP legislation promptly."âThe Most Reverend
Congress has until
October 1 to renew childrenâs healthcare legislation that has helped every
state in the nation provide health insurance to six million low-income children. However,
that still leaves 9 million children uninsured. A Senate passed bill would cover an
additional 4 million children, and a House passed bill would cover an
additional 5 million children. Despite
strong bi-partisan majorities in both Houses, President Bush has threatened to VETO either the House or Senate S-CHIP
bill. This is unacceptable.
The House and
Senate are now working to craft and approve compromise legislation before the
current legislation expires on September 30.
YOUR voice is needed to urge
Congress to pass the strongest-possible bill for expanding health care coverage
to low-income children in the
You can find information
about children and healthcare coverage in your state here.
message TODAY to your Representative and Senators asking them to pass a
meaningful S-CHIP bill and send a strong message to the President that
protecting the health of our children is a national priority.