The California Medical Association applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of legislation funding health care coverage for 11 million children who have no insurance.
The reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which funds the Healthy Families program in California, is essential to ensure that youngsters get the medical attention they need, regardless of their families’ economic circumstances. Making sure that children remain healthy and see a doctor when necessary helps protect California’s public health, emergency rooms and classroom efforts.
The program currently serves 900,000 California kids. As job losses mount and the ranks of the uninsured swell, more are turning to Healthy Families for assistance. The program is adding 30,000 new enrollees each month. The SCHIP legislation increases federal funding to help accommodate the rising demand.