BINGAMAN: BILL TAKES MAJOR STEP TOWARD EXPANDING HEALTH COVERAGE TO N.M. CHILDREN

WASHINGTON – A bill U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman helped write to ensure that more New Mexicans could have access to health care cleared its first hurdle today.

The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislation that reauthorizes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) — the state/federal health care initiative crated in 1997 that covers millions of children and others who do not qualify for Medicaid but whose families cannot afford health insurance.

Bingaman, as a member of Finance Committee, worked extensively on the bill and had several provisions included in the measure to specifically address New Mexico’s needs.