Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Two years ago, President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) into law, marking a new era in children's coverage -- providing states with significant new funding, new programmatic options, and a range of new incentives for covering children.

Over the past year, Children's Medicaid and CHIP enrollment increased by nearly 3 million children.  States' continued progress making sure more kids have healthcare is especially noteworthy in light of the recent economic downturn. While states are experiencing serious financial pressures, so are America's families; and the fact that states have continued to reach out and enroll eligible children shows that healthy children and secure families continue to be our collective priority.

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