Child Care :: AMA applauds Senate passage of bill to preserve kid’s health care
The American Medical Association applauds the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that will protect the health of America’s kids. Bill will renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“The American Medical Association applauds the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that will protect the health of America’s kids. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (S. 1893) will help the millions of American children who currently rely on CHIP, and the many more who are eligible for the program, but not yet enrolled.
“Today, the U.S. Senate did the right thing to preserve health care coverage for children in low-income families. For kids to get a good start in life, they need access to doctors and medications, which CHIP makes possible for many children in the U.S.
“This is a win-win proposal: kids in low-income families get the health care they need, and it is paid for with an increase in federal tobacco taxes that can help deter current and future Americans from using tobacco. Studies show that for every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes, youth smoking is reduced by seven percent, and overall consumption by four percent.
“America’s doctors urge Congress to finalize this legislation before CHIP expires on September 30. Congress must preserve access to health care for both America?s kids and seniors. The AMA strongly urges the conference committee to include in the final legislation the House provisions in the CHAMP Act (HR 3162) that stop steep Medicare cuts to physicians.
“America’s children and seniors are relying on Congress to ensure their continued access to health care.”
Ron Davis, MD