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VA Families Looking for a "CHIP in"

July 23, 2007

The state health insurance system for kids is in triage in Congress. The U.S. House is working on a bill this week that would expand coverage for more of Virginia's 150,000 uninsured kids. President Bush is waving his veto stamp at it saying he wants to scale the system back, not expand it. The Senate has already agreed to expand the system. Ed Shelleby with the Children's Defense Fund argues the proposal is bi-partisan, with many members of Congress saying they designed the expansion at the request of their constituents.

"The Children's Defense Fund has done polls of the American public and when they find out there are nine million children uninsured, they are outraged. They can't believe it."

Shelleby is surprised by the veto threat because President Bush has voiced dedication in the past to making sure children have access to health care.

"In 2004, he said that he wanted to make sure that we expand S-CHIP and make sure that low-income children are able to get insurance. And now he has the opportunity to do that, and he has gone back on that pledge."

Statistics on uninsured children are on line at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - VA