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Override Showdown – 80,000+ VA Kids Caught in the Middle

October 16, 2007

Richmond, VA – It's showdown week for state health insurance for kids. More than 80,000 Virginia children will soon learn whether or not they'll get to keep their health insurance coverage. The U.S. House is set to vote Thursday an override of President Bush's recent veto of a bipartisan bill that would fund and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), a program known as "FAMIS" in Virginia.

Critics of expanding S-CHIP say they've heard of instances in other states where families who could afford private healthcare coverage used state insurance instead. Nonetheless, Jim Leaman with the Virginia AFL-CIO believes it doesn't make sense to end the coverage of thousands of eligible children because of such rumors.

"Those states got waivers that were signed by President Bush. So, if he doesn't like what they're doing, he should not have signed the waivers, and he ought to withdraw them."

Leaman says Virginia's FAMIS coverage has had strong, local bipartisan support, as well as the backing of doctors, hospitals, and businesses, because of the good it does for kids.

"The Governor has been working tirelessly to get them on the program -- and now, they're about to lose it."

Two of Virginia's Congressional representatives, Thelma Drake (R) and Randy Forbes (R), voted against expanding S-CHIP the first time around.


Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - VA