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The Congressional Black Caucus Celebrates Passage Of State Children’s Health Insurance Plan Covering 11 Million Children

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 12, 2007

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 09, 2007
 
Contact Information
Keiana Barrett
(202) 226-8119
 
 
 
(BLACK PR WIRE) WASHINGTON, DC – “Our children are our most precious jewel. As a proud mother and grandmother, I believe every child, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, deserves access to the best health care our country has to offer,” said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “In addition to aligning vulnerable and uninsured children with health, mental and dental care, the CHAMP Act will ensure that senior citizens receive affordable health benefits.”The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicare will significantly reduce the number of uninsured children, namely racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged children. Medicare and SCHIP also will help children obtain vital screening and prevention services that help children stay healthy and mature into healthy and productive adults.

“The CHAMP Act makes an important investment in the health of America,” said Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY). “We have made a critical investment in Medicare to ensure the long-term solvency of the program by addressing physician reimbursement rates so that seniors maintain access to the doctors of their choice; expand low-income subsidies; and strengthen safety net provisions in rural areas.”

The CHAMP Act was passed in the House by a vote of 225 to 204. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted 100% in support of this bill.

“Democrats believe we have an unequivocal moral responsibility to provide for the health and well-being of our children and our elders,” remarked House Majority Whip James Clyburn. “As a grandfather whose grandson was born 90 days premature and received top-notch healthcare coverage as he struggled to survive his first days on Earth, I believe all of America’s children should have access to the same coverage. I am proud of the work of this body today. The CHAMP Act will provide vital healthcare coverage for the greatest generation and the next generation.”

“The CHAMP Act will play an integral role in expanding health coverage for children and will help take this nation one step closer to reducing the racial and ethnic disparities in children’s health that leave far too many children without access to health care and in poorer health,” said Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI). “The CHAMP Act also takes proactive steps to protect the health and well being of our low-income seniors, people with ESRD and other Americans whose health care needs exceed their means.”

“I am proud of this Democratic led 110th session of Congress. Collectively, we are working to build stronger and healthier families and re-enforcing our commitment to America. We have strengthened the tenants of our nation’s food stamp program; provided additional resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities; secured overdue assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers; and now we have dismantled barriers in our health care system,” remarked Chairwoman Kilpatrick.

 
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Representative Davis to host District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, August 10, 2007

Representative Yvonne Davis would like to invite constituents of District 111 to participate in the District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2007. This event will provide constituents the opportunity to gather at one location and register for services offered by various State agencies, participate in health screenings and also speak with representatives from utility companies regarding provider services. The Community Forum & Health Fair will be held at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive, Dallas, Texas 75237 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

Representative Davis has invited a number of State agencies including the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Worker’s Compensation, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, WorkSource for Dallas County, Texas Workforce Commission and the Child Care Group, to answer questions and to sign eligible constituents up for state programs. In addition to the state agencies, Representative Davis has invited a number of utility companies including AT&T, TXU and ATMOS Energy, to participate in the Community Forum to answer any specific questions or concerns constituents may have regarding their accounts. This year’s event will coincide with the state of Texas’ Annual Sales Tax Holiday which is effective August 17-19, 2007. Representative Davis will provide the first 200 school age children with backpacks to assist with their back to school efforts.

Health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, diabetes, mammograms, sickle cell, prostate (must be 38 years or older) and Hepatitis C will be available for constituents. Participants should not eat at least 6 hours before a glucose screening. Those individuals seeking a mammogram must be 35 years of age or older, last mammogram has been more than one (1) year, must bring picture identification, proof of Dallas county residency and (if applicable) Parkland clinic card, insurance information, Medicaid letter/Medicare card. No cost mammograms, for those who qualify (Dallas county residents). Please contact (214) 941-3895 to register for mammogram screening and eligibility.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a discount drug prescription card offered by Together Rx Access. For more information contact Representative Davis’ district office at (214) 941-3895.

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REPRESENTATIVE
YVONNE DAVIS
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
DISTRICT 111
For more information call:
Claude Spivey @214-941-389

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