Press Release

Statement on Passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program Bill

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

October 25, 2007

Today, the House of Representatives put the health of millions of children and families first by passing legislation that would reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  We urge the President to make the bill a reality for millions of children.  

Passing legislation to improve and extend SCHIP will ensure that this care remains available to keep America's children healthy.  We applaud lawmakers who voted in favor of the SCHIP bill and we will continue to work to ensure that the health and well-being of children and families is one of our nation's top priorities.

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