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Good News and Bad News For New Yorkers and Health Insurance

February 6, 2009

Albany, NY - Immigrant advocates are applauding President Obama and Congress for re-authorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and allowing low-income legal immigrant kids to enroll without a five-year wait.

Adam Gurvitch, director of health advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition, says it’s a sign the political climate in Washington toward health care reform is improving.

"This is a major step forward, both in terms of health care and immigrants’ rights in America. It’s exactly the sort of program that the government should be investing in right now, in a time of real economic distress for so many Americans."

Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, agrees, saying the recent figures on out-of-work New Yorkers without health coverage should serve as a call to action.

"We need to act right now. It is a catastrophe. It is the biggest crisis."

Opponents of the bill say it was too costly, and only adds to a ballooning deficit. The bill’s signing came two days before the release of January unemployment figures and the unveiling of a new report from Families USA, a national, nonpartisan healthcare reform group. That report shows 54 percent of low- or moderate-income New Yorkers who’ve lost their jobs have no health insurance.

Families USA also announced the release of a free consumers’ guide to help laid-off workers retain health care coverage. It can be found at

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY