Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee sponsored a new bill on Oct. 4 to care for Wyoming’s kids and pregnant mothers who benefit from the critically important State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Enzi responded to recent comments from the Wyoming governor, saying he shares the governor’s concerns for kids taken care of by KidCare.
"I care for Wyoming kids and have a plan to help them. I hope you will support our new bill which provides the health benefits Wyoming children need. This bill also saves American taxpayers money because it focuses on children," Enzi said.
Enzi, and a group of GOP senators have offered their own "workable, realistic, and inclusive" children’s health care package.
The new plan would spend about $40 billion over the next five years. The bill, S. 2152 which was introduced on Oct. 4, will be strictly used for health insurance to cover low-income children under the age of 19 and pregnant mothers. The Democrat plan would spend about $60 billion during the same period.
"I had concerns with the original bill put forward by Democrats, but that bill has been vetoed. We are moving forward by sponsoring new legislation that addresses everyone’s needs, at significantly less cost," Enzi said.
The Senate has already passed an extension of the current program, so funding for SCHIP will continue. Wyoming funds and children are safe, but Enzi wants to ensure the program continues to be healthy for years to come.