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Congress Soon To Decide if Nevada to Remain in "Basement"

June 18, 2007

Las Vegas, NV - As Congress debates how much money should go into the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as S-CHIP, a new study shows Nevada really needs the help. The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard ranks Nevada 47th when it comes to getting health care to children, and stands at rock bottom 51st in getting kids vaccinated. Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley says state lawmakers have been making progress in addressing the problem, but that progress will come to a screeching halt without new S-CHIP funding.

“We're trying to climb out of the basement. That's where we are, and we've been trying to reverse that trend. Having that money reauthorized is critical.”

Under Congress's recent budget resolution, Nevada could receive $373 million in new S-CHIP funding, but lawmakers need to find new revenue or make other spending cuts to pay for the $50 billion price tag. Also at issue is whether the program will retain the flexibility to allow innovative programs, like the one that uses S-CHIP funding to help small businesses in Nevada offer employee health insurance.

The Families U.S.A. study, released last week, says $373 million in new S-CHIP money for Nevada would help more than just children. John Sasser with the ”Nevada Covering Kids and Families Coalition” says the federal money would also boost the economy.

“It would generate almost $140 million in increased business activity, almost $55 million in increased wages, and almost 1,500 new jobs in Nevada.”

Michael Clifford/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - NV