Gov. Freudenthal Urges Funding for Kids' Health Insurance

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is asking Wyoming's U-S Senators to fund the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP. The governor sent a fax yesterday to Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi to say that he's concerned that the program will not be funded adequately. Freudenthal said today that he hopes Senator Enzi will use his influence as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to get the funding. "He plays a fairly key role in this, and we're hopeful that he will help move forward a resolution of this so that we don't end up as a society making a statement that because we're in some political fight in D.C., we're willing to risk kids going without health insurance in this country," the governor said. Wyoming matches the federal funds from S-CHIP to provide about 56-hundred Wyoming children with health insurance. The program is due to expire on Sept. 30th unless Congress reauthorizes it. Meantime, President Bush has threatened to veto an increase in the program's funding that some experts say is needed to keep up with rising costs.