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TO URGE THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND MEMBERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GOVERNMENT TO WORK TOGETHER TO TIMELY REAUTHORIZE THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM TO ASSURE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM TO BE EXPENDED IN THE MANNER DETERMINED BY THIS STATE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS.
Whereas, the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina regards the health of our children to be of paramount importance to families in our State; and
Whereas, members regard poor child health as a threat to the social and psychological well-being and educational achievement of South Carolina's children; and
Whereas, the General Assembly considers protecting the health of our children to be essential to the welfare of our youngest citizens and to the quality of life in our State; and
Whereas, the program is of overwhelming and understood value in preserving child wellness, preventing and treating childhood disease, improving health outcomes, and reducing overall health costs; and
Whereas, the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina considers federal funding for the South Carolina State Children's Health Insurance Program to be indispensable to providing health benefits for children of modest means; and
Whereas, it is imperative for all those involved in state government to work together with educators, health care providers, social workers, and parents to ensure that available public and private assistance for providing health benefits to uninsured children in this State be fully utilized; and
Whereas, the General Assembly finally believes that children who qualify for Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program should be encouraged to enroll so that proper health care is provided to South Carolina's children. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, urge the members of the South Carolina delegation to the United States Congress and members of South Carolina state government to work together to timely reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program to assure federal funding for the South Carolina State Children's Health Insurance Program to be expended in the manner determined by this State subject to federal requirements.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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