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S-CHIP or Not, WA’s On Track to Cover All Kids

September 27, 2007

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a bill to expand healthcare coverage for children of low-income families. Washington already has a state law nearly identical to the "S-CHIP" bill that President Bush is threatening to veto. And unlike many states, Washington budgeted sufficient funds to move forward with the plan, even if federal money isn't forthcoming. Jon Gould, with The Children's Alliance, is optimistic.

"We are heartened that over 10,000 children have been signed up for health coverage in the last three months. Those children are now getting connected to preventative health services, so they get the right care, at the right time, in the right place."

Washington's "Cover All Kids" bill was signed into law in March and coverage began on July 1.

Gould is encouraged by the fact that eight of Washington's nine Congressional representatives voted in favor of the bill this week. The state's goal is to insure 63,000 additional children by 2010.

"It's not going to create a deficit if Congress and the President can’t reach an agreement. If they do, it can only get better for Washington."

Chris Thomas/John Robinson, Public News Service - WA