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For Immediate Release
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APHA Applauds Passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E)

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., January, 29, 2009 — “The American Public Health Association today applauds Congress for passing the long-awaited reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).


“In recent months as our nation’s economic downturn deepens, the importance of this bill has become even more apparent as families increasingly find themselves without employer-sponsored insurance and in need of affordable coverage options for their children.


“By expanding enrollment in the program from 6 million children to more than 10 million, the bill will provide millions of low-income children from working class families with access to health insurance coverage.


“We thank President Obama for his longstanding commitment to signing this bill which protects the health of our kids and heeds the overwhelming desire of the American people to make sure our children are able to access the health services they need to stay healthy. We look forward to his signing of this important legislation, as well as continuing to work with Congress and the administration as we move towards comprehensive health reform.”

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