As Pennsylvania’s Senator, Bob Casey is committed to protecting those in the dawn of life - our children – as well as those in the twilight and shadows of life – our more vulnerable citizens and older citizens. All people have a fundamental right to quality health care, particularly children for whom proper health care in the earliest years is so critical. One substantial step toward that goal was the passing of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan which was signed into law in February of 2009. The legislation will provide at least 23,000 more Pennsylvania children with health insurance to receive the preventative care they need to grow into healthy adults who will contribute positively to our society and economy.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senator Casey advocates for the people of Pennsylvania to ensure that all citizens have the health care they need to enjoy productive lives of dignity.
Senator Casey is the Senate leader in supporting funding for the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, he led a bipartisan effort calling for sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Fiscal Year 2013. Forty-eight senators joined Senator Casey in sending a letter to Senate Appropriators expressing support for the NIH. The NIH is the country’s premier institution for medical research and the single largest source of biomedical research funding in the world. Pennsylvania universities and research institutions benefit greatly from NIH funding.