AUFC declares Shea-Porter and Hodes, CHAMPS for New Hampshire Kids, Seniors

CHAMP Act Provides Health Coverage for Thousands of New Hampshire Children and Protects Traditional Medicare for Seniors

Washington , D.C . – Americans United for Change, the non-profit organization best known for defeating President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security, issued the following statement after last night’spassage of The Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act in the U.S.House of Representatives:

“Thanks to Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes, thousands of New Hampshire children are one step closer to getting the basic health care they deserve,” said Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change. “They stood up for 11 million kids across the country whose parents work full time but just can’t afford private insurance -- families who can only pray each night that their children don’t get sick or hurt. They also stood up to some very powerful special interests to ensure that traditional Medicare remains affordable, accessible and dependable for all seniors. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes are champions for New Hampshire’s children, seniors and families.”

Children'sHealth and Medicare Protection Act (CHAMP Act):


· Reauthorizes the State Children's Health Insurance Program for 6 million children and provides 5 million more low-income children with health coverage – a total of 11million children

· Ensures seniors continue to have access to the doctors of their choice by stopping a 10% payment cut to doctors.

· Encourages seniors to seek preventive health benefits by eliminating co-payments and deductibles.

· Protects low-income seniors by expanding and improving programs to ensure Medicare remains affordable for those with lower incomes.

· Ensure seniors in rural areas continue to have access to Medicare and the doctors they trust.

· Shores up Medicare's finances by extending the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund by two years.