CHILDREN'S INSURANCE ANNIVERSARY Rockefeller Says Work To Create CHIP One Of His Proudest Fights
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Feb. 4, 2013 11:15 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 11:39 AM EST
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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said championing the creation of the Children's Health Insurance Program is one of his proudest fights.
Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the program's reauthorization by Congress. Rockefeller authored the 1997 legislation that created the program. It provides health insurance for children who are uninsured.
The West Virginia Democrat said 40,000 children in West Virginia and 8 million nationwide are now covered by the program.
He said in a news release that health care is a right, not a privilege.
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