In: All News   Posted 01/15/2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn urged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, (R-Tenn.), to extend the availability of $2.7 billion in expiring SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) funds for the health of children in Texas. "Preserving the expiring funds is essential to guaranteeing that nearly one million children will not lose their health insurance,” Sen. Cornyn said. “At a time when our nation’s uninsured rate continues to climb above 40 million, it makes little sense to take away federal funding from states that are desperately trying to find and enroll needy children.” the SCHIP provision will allow states to continue using $1.2 billion in funds through Fiscal Year 2004 that were originally allocated for 1998 and 1999 to continue providing health insurance to children. Sen. Cornyn was the only freshman to join a bipartisan group of a dozen senators in support of extending SCHIP funds. The measure will either be extended in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2003 omnibus appropriations bill or in a standalone bill.