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Save Healthcare for Children

"Whoever cares for the least cares for the divine image in our midst. The health and well-being of children, especially those living in the richest nation in the world, should never be reduced to political ideology, and I urge Congress and the Bush Administration to renew S-CHIP legislation promptly."—The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Congress has until October 1 to renew children’s healthcare legislation that has helped every state in the nation provide health insurance to six million low-income children.  However, that still leaves 9 million children uninsured.  A Senate passed bill would cover an additional 4 million children, and a House passed bill would cover an additional 5 million children.  Despite strong bi-partisan majorities in both Houses, President Bush has threatened to VETO either the House or Senate S-CHIP bill. This is unacceptable.

The House and Senate are now working to craft and approve compromise legislation before the current legislation expires on September 30.  YOUR voice is needed to urge Congress to pass the strongest-possible bill for expanding health care coverage to low-income children in the United States.

You can find information about children and healthcare coverage in your state here.

Send a message TODAY to your Representative and Senators asking them to pass a meaningful S-CHIP bill and send a strong message to the President that protecting the health of our children is a national priority.

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