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Sealed with a Kiss: NY Hospitals Send Valentines to Congress

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 By Charles Lane/Chris Thomas, Contact
February 14, 2007

Congress got Valentines today sealed with a kiss from New York's children's hospitals worried about funding shortfalls for S-CHIP, the program for the country's uninsured children that is up for congressional renewal this year. In New York, 500-thousand children need health insurance. Cynthia Sparer, executive director for the Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, says it's critical that the assistance continue, and increase...

"We are passionate about that not being interrupted because we have only gone part of the way in making sure that S-CHIP is reaching all the children that it should be reaching."

The White House budget proposal includes a small increase - but Sparer says that won't be enough to keep up the current level of services, much less expand coverage. New York Presbyterian was one of 55 non-profits petitioning Congress this week. Others include the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Foundation.


Cynthia Sparer, executive director for the Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, says without S-CHIP, kids will go without health care.


"It interrupts their access to health care. These are kids who need to be immunized, these are kids who should be getting prevention and primary care services."

of dimes foundation.

Kids prefer candy - but Congress could give the best Valentine of all, according to physicians groups and children's advocates. Charles Lane reports.


Cynthia Sparer can be reached at 212-305-5587.


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