Hirono Votes to Provide Health Care for Low-Income Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) -  Congresswoman Mazie Hirono joined a majority in the House of Representatives Tuesday in support of the Children's Health Insurance Program to provide health care to more than 10 million low-income children.

"I voted to give more than 10 million children the care they deserve, and I call on the President to sign this bill into law rather than make good his veto threat," said Congresswoman Hirono. "I support providing all Americans with affordable, high-quality health care.  Until we reach that goal, we should take steps that help our most vulnerable populations, including low-income children.  Today's vote moves us in that direction."

The program was created in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children and families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

The bill also extends health care coverage to 3.8 million additional low-income children, who are currently uninsured, including extending coverage to 12,000 uninsured children in Hawaii.