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Final Countdown in Children’s Health Showdown

September 25, 2007

Des Moines, IA – Healthcare coverage for thousands of Iowa children is at stake as Congress and the White House continue their standoff over a plan that would extend affordable insurance to about half of the nation's uninsured children. President Bush says he will veto an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which expires on Sunday.

Despite the President's threat, Congress is expected to recommend extending S-CHIP coverage to more kids. Charles Bruner, of the Child and Family Policy Center, says it was Senator Grassley who managed to hammer out a bipartisan agreement that might override a presidential veto.

"It's a great sign of the hard work of both majority and minority party members in Congress in getting beyond gridlock."

According to Bruner, early health coverage for Iowa's children is vital, because letting health conditions go untreated is disastrous down the road.

"The healthier kids are as kids, the healthier they are going to be as adults and the fewer long-term health problems and costs our society has."

Pending S-CHIP legislation would expand coverage by $35 billion over five years, and would include some families that exceed the federal poverty level, but can't afford private coverage. Instead, Bush favors an increase of only $5 billion, with coverage going only to children of the poorest families. The latter proposal would leave a budget shortfall in the healthcare programs of many states, and actually remove a million children who currently receive S-CHIP coverage.


Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA