Like many of you, I can honestly say that the proudest moments of my life have been the births of my three children. Even 14 years later, those moments are still vivid in my memory. Also vivid is the natural instinct to protect and nurture my children that I felt from the first moment I held them. Indeed, life experience and biology teach us that protecting our offspring is the most natural and fundamental aspect of being alive. It is the greatest responsibility that parents have to their children, and is indicative of what our society values as a whole.
It is with this thought in mind that the House of Representatives reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) under the Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, which passed earlier this month.
SCHIP was created to significantly reduce the number of uninsured children-in particular, children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but unable to purchase private health insurance. This bill undertakes the noble pursuit of expanding coverage to 6 million more eligible yet uninsured children nationwide. With this new law, Kentucky will be able to insure nearly 130,000 children over the next five years.