Group Speaks Out to Save SCHIP

9 years 2 months 1 week ago September 20, 2007 Sep 20, 2007 Thursday, September 20 2007 Thursday, September 20, 2007 4:38:01 PM CDT in News

Congress is expected to vote on State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 10 days and Hulshof opposes the Democrat's proposal to expand the program siding with President Bush who says he'll veto it.

Supporters of the bill believe many people oppose SCHIP's expansion because they know little about the program.

"I think if the public understood how the program worked, who was eligible, what they had to do to be eligible and how much they had to pay for it, that they might have a whole different view about it and be very supportive of it. Like I said, in the end, anything we spend on the front end on preventive care saves us a ton of money in the end," explained Jane Whitesides of Pro-Vote.

Hulshof is in Washington and released a statement today.

"The democratic bill needlessly funds this expansion at the expense of Missouri senior citizens, hospitals and nursing homes. I could not in good conscience support this costly and excessive bill."

A representative from Hulshof's Columbia office promised to send Pro-Vote's report to the congressman's Washington office.

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