WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives on Wednesday in support of legislation to provide health care to 11 million children in families who would otherwise not be able to afford health care coverage.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) was approved by a vote of 289-139. The bill is essentially the same legislation that President Bush vetoed twice in the 110th Congress. Barrow was a co-sponsor of the bill.
“This is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” he said. “This bill will allow families who would otherwise have to send their kids to the emergency room to send their kids to a doctor, which saves everyone money in the long run. Not only that, we get more healthy kids who are better prepared for learning and success.
“More and more American parents are losing employer-sponsored health care for their children, and the need for this legislation is growing every day. I’m proud to support H.R. 2, and I hope President Obama signs it as soon as he takes office.”
H.R. 2 reauthorizes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through FY 2013, and preserves the coverage for all 7.1 million children currently covered by SCHIP, including preserving the coverage of 207,000 children in Georgia.
The bill also extends health care coverage to 4.1 million additional low-income children, who are currently uninsured.