McCaskill Applauds Passage of Children’s Health Insurance Program

McCaskill Applauds Passage of Children’s Health Insurance Program

Urges president to sign legislation into law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite repeated veto threats, Congress this week voted to send to the president for his signature legislation to provide healthcare for uninsured children across America.  The legislation, which would renew and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), passed the House on Tuesday 265-159 and received Senate approval late Thursday with a vote of 67-29. 


In Missouri, the legislation will provide $147.7 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2008, allowing Missouri to continue insuring the 68,000 children currently receiving health care through the state’s CHIP program and help the state expand the program to thousands of uninsured children from working families.


“This is a cost-effective way to bring health care to millions of the most vulnerable of America’s uninsured.  Congress has delivered to the president a good bill that will improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and he should not allow this program to expire on his watch by refusing to sign it.  If President Bush decides to veto this bill, he’s simply playing political games with Missouri kids’ health,” said McCaskill. 


The president has threatened to veto the legislation, denying millions of children and their families the opportunity to obtain affordable health insurance.  The legislation will allow CHIP to continue providing health care to 6.6 million low-income children currently enrolled in the program nationwide and extend coverage to 3.8 million more kids whose parents cannot afford health insurance.  Without the president’s signature, the program will expire on September 30.