2009-02-06 / Community

Weiner Joins Obama For Kid Health Bill

President Barack Obama, joined by Representative Anthony Weiner, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, will sign new legislation to provide health care to tens of thousands of middle class children across New York.

The new law will expand healthcare coverage to an estimated 60,000 uninsured middle class children in New York State and save the State approximately $50 million annually.

Created in 1997, the State Children's Health Insurance Program provides health care to middle-class families and children who earn too little to afford health insurance for their children themselves but too much to qualify for Medicaid.

SCHIP, which covers more than 7 million children nationwide, currently provides coverage to an estimated 310,000 New York children in families whose incomes are at or below $44,100. New York State - under its own budget - increases that income limit to $88,200 for a family of four in order to provide care to additional 60,000 children. The law signed today will provide a federal bonus to New York State for providing this additional coverage.

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