House Passes Children's Healthcare Legislation

January 16, 2009

January 16, 2009

Dear Friend,

Because of your interest in healthcare, I want you to know about a veryimportant bill which I voted for and House passed, H.R. 2, theChildren's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (SCHIP)to provide health insurance to 11 million low-income children. To see avideo of my floor statement in the House, click here.

SCHIP passed the House twice last year and was vetoed not once, buttwice by President Bush. A new Administration in the White House givesus the golden opportunity to address children's healthcare. SCHIP of2009 will reauthorize the national children's healthcare program for 5years and cover 4 million additional children, including dental careand mental health services. It also lifts the ban that barred statesfrom covering legal immigrant children during their first five years inthe country. The legislation invests $32 billion over 5 years and isfully paid for, adding nothing to the federal debt.

SCHIP provides coverage to our most innocent population. Ournation's children deserve access to the most basic needs of educationand healthcare, regardless of what their parents can afford. Withrising unemployment rates, the loss of health coverage for Americanfamilies is staggering and this program will reach those who need itmost.

The House approved H.R. 2 by a bipartisan vote of 289 to 139.It will now be sent to the Senate for a vote and then to the newPresident's desk for his signature.

If you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me because I need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.


Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress