SEIU Calls On Congress to Move Forward With Broader Effort to Fix Health Care; As Obama Signs SCHIP Bill

Important Step Forward Made Possible Through Groundwork by

Senator Shaheen, Representative Hodes, and Representative Shea-Porter


CONCORD, NH – President Obama's approval today of a bipartisan bill to strengthen the State Children's Health Insurance Program couldn't have happened without groundwork by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Paul Hodes, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, and their Congressional colleagues –paving the way for a broader effort to finally fix our broken health care system.


"Senator Shaheen, Representative Hodes, and Representative Shea-Porter stood up for New Hampshire's children by voting to ensure they have access to the health care they need," said John Thyng, State Director of New Hampshire for Health Care and SEIU Change That Works. "Too many families were forced to choose between caring for their sick child and paying the bills. We'll never get our economy back on track unless we fix our broken health care system. We look forward to working with our senators and representatives to rebuild our economy and bring about true reform that guarantees all Americans access to quality, affordable health care."


In 2007, 22,000 New Hampshire children did not have health insurance. This legislation ensures that 12,000 New Hampshire children who rely on SCHIP to stay healthy will continue to have access to quality, affordable health care.


"This is wonderful," said Amy Williams, one of the many Granite Staters whose child is enrolled in Healthy Kids, New Hampshire's SCHIP program. "When I lost my job and my health insurance, Healthy Kids made it possible for me to take care of my daughter. Without SCHIP, our family would have been financially devastated. I'm glad Senator Shaheen, Representative Hodes and Representative Shea-Porter are on the side of working families like mine."


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 health care 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