Resolution on State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

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WHEREAS, over the past decade, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has succeeded in providing millions of children and youth across the country with access to affordable health care coverage; and

WHEREAS, since the inception of SCHIP in 1997, the number of low-income, uninsured children has decreased by one-third; and

WHEREAS, over 6 million children currently benefit from this program; and

WHEREAS, the rates of uninsurance have dropped for white, African American children and Hispanic children since the implementation of SCHIP; and

WHEREAS, SCHIP has provided health insurance coverage for low-income children in rural and urban areas alike; and

WHEREAS, Medicaid remains the foundation of our nation’s public health care system for children, ensuring that 28 million children have access to health insurance; and

WHEREAS, Medicaid and SCHIP combined provide health care access for 34 million children; and

WHEREAS, SCHIP and Medicaid are especially important to children with special health care needs – those with developmental, chronic or behavioral health problems who may require specialized care; and

WHEREAS, the federal government and states have worked together to build a public health program that has been resoundingly successful and effective in providing access to and securing coverage for children; and

WHEREAS, Congress has the opportunity to reauthorize the SCHIP program to build upon the success of the last ten years and provide the resources needed to further narrow the coverage gap for children; and

WHEREAS, despite the success of Medicaid and SCHIP, 9 million children remain uninsured; and

WHEREAS, for the first time since 1998, the number of children without health insurance coverage rose by 360,000 children, climbing from 10.8 percent of children in 2004 to 11.2 percent in 2005; and

WHEREAS, most children covered by SCHIP are in working families that are unable to get or afford private health insurance for their children; and

WHEREAS, SCHIP covers children who would otherwise be uninsured. Most newly enrolled children were previously uninsured or had recently lost their Medicaid or private health coverage for involuntary reasons, such as parental job loss of a job or divorce; and

WHEREAS, a child’s future should not be jeopardized by their inability to access affordable, health care services that meet the child’s health care needs; and

WHEREAS, in an ever-increasing global market, now more than ever, America’s children need to grow up ready to succeed in school and at work; and

WHEREAS, the authorization for federal appropriations to the states for the SCHIP program ends in 2007 without reauthorization action by Congress; and

WHEREAS, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the number of children covered by SCHIP will fall substantially over the coming decade if funding is not increased to reflect rising health care costs and other cirumstances;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments
urges the Members of Congress to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program at higher levels thus continuing the financial partnership between states and the federal government in providing access to affordable health care coverage for children.

Adopted this 13th Day of June, 2007 at the CSG Spring National Committee and Task Force Meetings In Puerto Rico

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