It’s been two years since Congress and President Obama enacted legislation to strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known here in Illinois as All Kids. And at this birthday party, Illinois’s families no longer have to wish and hold their breath when they blow out the candles.
The children’s health law has helped Illinois cover more uninsured children through All Kids. As a result, 1.6 million children can get the checkups and preventive care they need to stay healthy and see the doctor when they get sick or injured.
That means parents struggling to keep their families afloat during tough economic times can have peace of mind that a playground injury or flu outbreak won’t drive the family deeper into debt. It means Illinois uses health dollars wisely – keeping kids healthy, rather than spending more on emergency room care for problems we should have prevented. And it means Illinois’s federal tax dollars come back into our economy, to protect local health care jobs.
Help us to celebrate this important anniversary. Thank your representatives in the General Assembly in Springfield for their continued support of All Kids and let them know that maintaining coverage for children should continue to be a top priority this year. Spread the word to parents and others in your community about All Kids, so we can help even more uninsured children to get the care they need to grow and thrive.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
(Originally posted in the Shriver Brief on Feb. 4, 2011)