WASHINGTON, DC- As Congress begins debate on health care reform U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today introduced a Resolution (S.Res.170) calling for health care reform to benefit children and protect Medicaid coverage for the most vulnerable children. The resolution was cosponsored by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“Congress secured a major victory earlier this year when we provided health care coverage to over 10 million children,” said Senator Casey. “However, we must remember that there is more work to do to improve health care for children, especially for low-income children. As we debate health care reform the Congress must be vigilant in protecting the health and development of children.”
The Resolution emphasizes that Congress should ensure that reform of our Nation’s health care system shall benefit all children and that no child shall be worse off, particularly the most vulnerable low-income children and children with disabilities; and strengthening our Nation’s Medicaid program should be a priority and that low-income children should not be moved into a health care exchange system that could disrupt and diminish their benefits, cost-sharing protections, availability of care standards and protections, and access to supports, services, and safety-net providers.