Working to Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Children

September 29, 2000

"We need to keep pushing forward until all our children are covered. If we make the right decisions, if we make smart choices and see them through, we can continue to reduce the number of uninsured people in America."

Today, at the White House, President Clinton announced data indicating that as of June 2000, approximately 2.5 million children were enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). This announcement follows yesterday's release of new Census Bureau data showing that from 1998 to 1999, the number of Americans with health insurance rose by 1.7 million, two-thirds of them children. The President announced the release of $700,000 in grants to help states identify and enroll uninsured children and keep them enrolled, and called on Congress to pass his bipartisan health care coverage initiative which includes a new affordable health insurance option for parents and expanded options for those facing unique barriers to coverage.

NEW ESTIMATES OF ENROLLED CHILDREN. New estimates released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicate that as of June 30, 2000 approximately 2.5 million children have enrolled in the S-CHIP program. Enrollment has increased by an impressive 50% over the last 9 months.

CENSUS BUREAU DATA SHOW DECLINE IN NUMBER OF UNINSURED. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released new national data on health insurance coverage in 1999, showing a significant decrease in the number of people without health insurance nationwide. Key data include:

Despite these historic gains, problems persist:

RELEASING GRANTS FOR OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT. HHS will invest $700,000 in grants to states and rural communities to enhance S-CHIP outreach and enrollment efforts. These grants will:

URGING CONGRESS TO PASS HEALTH INSURANCE INITIATIVE. The President urged Congress to pass without delay his comprehensive health insurance initiative, which includes proposals to:

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