January 10,2000

Roth Statement on State Children's Health Insurance

Two Million Children Enrolled in Finance Committee Program

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) released the following statement on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP):

"One of the Finance Committee's greatest accomplishments in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 was the creation of a new program designed to increase health insurance access for lower-income, uninsured children. In October 1997, this new State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was signed into law.

"Today, two years later, 2 million children are leading healthier, more secure lives as a result of the SCHIP program. This is wonderful news. But as Chairman of the Finance Committee, it is important to me that we not simply declare victory in our efforts to expand insurance coverage for children. There is more that must be done -- every child in this country eligible either for Medicaid or for SCHIP ought to be enrolled and receiving the coverage they need to grow and thrive. I will continue to use my Chairmanship to push the states and the Health Care Financing Administration to reach this important goal."