Thursday, October 18, 2007

SCHIP Vote Override Veto is Scheduled for Today.

Later this morning the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting to override President Bush's veto of SCHIP. Almost every channel this morning is discussing SCHIP and the need for the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP. C-SPAN will be covering the veto override starting at 10:00am.

This morning we encourage you to take a sip of coffee, then call the office of Representative Robin Hayes.
CALL 1-800-828-0498
ASK to be connected to the office of Representative Robin Hayes.

*To change his vote against kids into a vote for kids.
*Please vote for uninsured children in our district and vote to override Bush’s veto of the expansion of the children’s health insurance program.
*Children with special needs are currently served by SCHIP and we need to serve more children with special needs. This expansion legislation will help make that happen.
*This legislation includes a 6 month moratorium on CMS rules that would limit habilitation services under Medicaid’s rehabilitative services option. This moratorium is important to people with disabilities and their families.
*North Carolina did not have enough money to cover families of 4 making under $41,300 because so many lower-income kids in NC need coverage. The program was saved in NC by shifting younger children into Medicaid. We need this new money just to cover the lowest income children in the state.
*A 61 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax to fund the program means 3-4 times more money for NC in increased funding for children’s health insurance than we will ever lose from the increase in the cost of cigarettes.

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