Merkley Statement on Signing of Healthy Kids Bill

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued
the following statement to congratulate Oregon leaders on the signing of the
Healthy Kids Bill. Merkley, a former speaker of the Oregon House, fought for
similar reforms in the state legislature.

“Even during tough times, Oregon leaders have found a way to
expand health care coverage for Oregon’s children. This is
an extraordinary achievement. Oregonians should be proud of our state
leadership for insuring that our next generation receives the health care it
needs. Earlier this year, Congress passed the State
Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides more than 40,000 children
in our state with health care coverage. With state and Congressional leaders
making so much progress, we are well on our way to revamping our health care
system so it works for every American.”