The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been highly effective in reducing the number of uninsured children in Maryland and across the country. CHIP currently insures 6 million children from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford private insurance. In Maryland, CHIP covers more than 100,000 kids. Unfortunately, there are still 60,000 in our state and 8.6 million nationwide who are uninsured.
That is why Democrats and several Republicans worked to develop a bipartisan compromise bill to reauthorize CHIP and extend coverage to an additional 4 million children who are eligible but not yet enrolled in the program. Having passed the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities, this popular bill, which is supported by 81 percent of Americans, needed only President Bush’s signature to become law.
The President, however, vetoed the bill. He vetoed the bill, despite declaring in 2004 that he would “lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not signed up for government health insurance programs.” Unfortunately, when the House attempted to override the President’s veto last Thursday, the majority of House Republicans upset the bipartisan effort and the House fell just 13 votes short.
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe this is the right thing to do for our kids, and in the wake of this vote, I will continue to fight to ensure the ten million low-income children we are trying to insure receive the health care they need and deserve.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to share with me or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Steny H. Hoyer
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