WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Senate and House have voted for the children of America's working families, but now it is time to get the job done!," said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group.
This past week, in a vote of 68 to 31, the Senate passed reauthorization legislation for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), following passage by the House of their version of CHIP reauthorization language.
"We congratulate Congress on taking action to reauthorize CHIP, but the clock is ticking. Millions of working families will lose health insurance for their children, unless agreement is reached between differing House and Senate versions and the President signs the bill before the program expires on September 30th - less than 60 days are left to complete the work," emphasized Dr. Delgado.
The Alliance called on Congress to retain several elements in the final compromise legislation:
- Keep the $1 tobacco tax called for in the Senate bill to finance expansions. - Reach higher expansion levels in the House bill that according to the Congressional Budget Office would cover 4.2 million children instead of 3.2 million children estimated to be covered by the Senate bill. - Maintain elements of the House version that give states the flexibility to provide coverage to legal immigrant children and pregnant women who have been in the U.S. less than five years and flexibility to states in citizenship documentation rules.
Analysis by the Alliance shows that reauthorization and expansion of CHIP currently before Congress would cover between 2 and 3 million uninsured children of Hispanic families who labor every day and believe in the promise of America.
Said Dr. Delgado, "We agree with Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the fathers of the CHIP program who said this week 'Covering these children is worth every cent.'"
About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 14 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit http://www.hispanichealth.org/ or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645. National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Web site: http://www.hispanichealth.org/