U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) will join President Obama at the White House today for the signing of legislation reauthorizing and expanding state children’s health insurance programs.
Pallone, the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was the lead sponsor of the bill in the House. Menendez, who is now a member of the Senate Finance Committee, was a leading proponent of the bill.
The Democratic Senator say state children’s health insurance programs cover children from families who fall in the health care void between Medicaid and private insurance, and that 130,000 children in New Jersey and almost 7 million nationwide are covered under these programs. Menendez says expansion will provide coverage for up to an additional 100,000 New Jersey children and almost 4 million nationwide.