Senator Shaheen Stands Up for Children's Health Care; Important First Step Toward Comprehensive Reform

CONCORD, NH - Last night, U.S. Senator Shaheen stood up for New Hampshire's children by voting to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), an important first step toward fixing our broken health care system. When signed into law by President Obama, 4 million more American children will receive the health care they need.


"Last night, Jean Shaheen made it clear that she is committed to solving our health care crisis," said John Thyng, State Director of New Hampshire for Health Care. "We applaud Senator Shaheen for strengthening this important program, but taking care of our children is just the first step toward true reform that guarantees all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care."


In 2007, 22,000 New Hampshire children lacked access to health insurance. The reauthorization of SCHIP will ensure that the 7,000 New Hampshire children that depend on Healthy Kids Silver, New Hampshire's SCHIP program, will continue to have access to quality, affordable health care.


On the Senate floor, Shaheen spoke passionately in favor of the bill. She drew on her experience as Governor in creating Healthy Kids, and implored her colleagues to focus on the hard-working Americans who need SCHIP to keep their kids healthy.


"Families and businesses are being forced to cut back on just about everything. People are losing their jobs, and employers are struggling to offer health care, leaving a rising number of Americans in need of affordable coverage options for their kids," said Shaheen. "It is the future of these children that we are considering."


Thyng also commented on Senator Judd Gregg's vote. "We are disappointed in Senator Gregg. Instead of siding with the thousands of New Hampshire residents who have to choose between the health of their kids and putting a roof over their family's head, Gregg voted with his party."


Comprised of 80,000 Health Care Voters, New Hampshire for Health Care is part of the "Change that Works" campaign, an new state-by-state effort by the two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to bring economic relief to millions across the country, help fix the nation's broken healthcare system and guarantee workers can freely decide whether to join with their coworkers in a union.


The "Change That Works" campaign builds on the successful work that helped elect an unprecedented number of pro-working family candidates in November. More on "Change That Works" can be found at