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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release October 12, 1999
      THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION TAKES NEW STEPS TO INCREASE
                    ENROLLMENT OF UNINSURED CHILDREN

                            October 12, 1999

Today, in an address to 8,000 pediatricians at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the President will unveil a series of new actions to target and enroll millions of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. These new actions include: 1) dedicating over $9 million in research funds to identify effective children's health insurance strategies; 2) directing Cabinet Secretaries to develop strategies to institutionalize school-based outreach; 3) sending new guidance to states and schools on funding options for school based outreach; and 4) releasing a report detailing new activities on outreach. The President also will announce that over 1,500 schools in 49 states have pledged to join the Insure Kids Now campaign.

During his speech, the President will challenge Congress to pass a number of critically important health care initiatives for children. He will call for passage of a strong, enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights, and for passage of the Jeffords-Kennedy-Roth-Moynihan Work Incentives Improvement Act. He also will criticize the Republican leadership for supporting budget and appropriations bills that reject the Administration's proposals to prevent youth smoking, and to increase funds for childhood immunizations, children's health insurance outreach, graduate medical education at children's hospitals and the nation's safety net providers.

Today, President Clinton will:

ANNOUNCE NEW FEDERAL EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY AND ENROLL UNINSURED CHILDREN. There are over 10 million uninsured children nationwide, and aggressive implementation of CHIP has enrolled over 1 million children. States report that enrollment should more than double over the next year, but we must do more to ensure the success of this program.

Today, the President will:

WELCOME NEW PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS IN THE INSURE KIDS NOW CAMPAIGN. The President is pleased to announce the addition of Parmalat and Swiza Foods to Insure Kids Now campaign, joining Safeway, General Motors, Kmart, McDonalds, and other private sector partners.

URGE CONGRESS TO PASS INSURANCE REFORM INITIATIVES ESSENTIAL TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH. The President will call on the Congress to:

THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP MUST MOVE FORWARD ON BUDGET PROPOSALS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH. The President will criticize the Republican leadership for:

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