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Thank you, Congressman Pallone

While surfing through Blue Jersey earlier today, I happened to come across a post written by a friend of mine, Vincent Solomeno.

Vincent has been a very active and successful Democrat in the bayshore for almost a decade. He got his start in 2000 when he managed his first successful Democratic campaign for Borough Council in Union Beach in over a decade. He then served as Executive Director of the Union Beach Democrats. Afterwards he moving to Hazlet to manage several campaigns, including Mayor Kevin Lavan and Committeeman Jim DiNardo’s.
 Vincent penned the following piece in support of Congressman Frank Pallone’s efforts to ensure that uninsured children have access to quality healthcare:
“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
– Vice President Hubert Humphrey
In Washington, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6) is fighting for the progressive agenda. On Wednesday the House of Representatives approved, by a 289 to 139 margin, a record expansion of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Capitol Hill watchers expect the bill to easily pass through the Senate and reach President-Elect Obama’s desk within days of his inauguration. In addition to reauthorizing a program that presently covers seven million children, yesterday’s expansion will provide four million more with access to basic medical care.
This victory has been long coming. Both Democrats and a minority of Republicans attempted in the previous Congress to pass similar legislation, only to have their work vetoed twice by a President more interested in providing corporate welfare than extending health care to the children of the poor.

New Jerseyans should take pride in the knowledge that Congressman Pallone has led the House’s efforts toward passage of the expansion. As Chair of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, he helped draft the legislation and went to the floor to shepherd it through to final approval. Pallone’s work is consistent with his progressive principles and a reflection of his long held commitment to providing access to health care for all Americans.

The child health bill provides $32 billion to insure a total of 11 million children whose families lack the resources to pay for preventative and emergency care. Moreover, the legislation removes the discriminatory clause that excluded the children of legal immigrants – first generation Americans – from coverage.

With the economy entering recession, more than 2.6 million people lost their job last year alone – the highest one year loss since 1945. Experts estimate that for every 1 percent increase in the number of jobless, 1.5 million people lose health coverage. 47 million Americans are uninsured. Sadly, 9 million are children, and according to a recent report, 273,000 of them are from New Jersey.

Thanks in large measure to the work of Congressman Pallone, our country is one step closer to reducing that number. In doing so, we guarantee access to basic medical care for those who need it the most: our children.

Vincent Solomeno
  

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>Thank you, Congressman Pallone

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While surfing through Blue Jersey earlier today, I happened to come across a post written by a friend of mine, Vincent Solomeno.

Vincent has been a very active and successful Democrat in the bayshore for almost a decade. He got his start in 2000 when he managed his first successful Democratic campaign for Borough Council in Union Beach in over a decade. He then served as Executive Director of the Union Beach Democrats. Afterwards he moving to Hazlet to manage several campaigns, including Mayor Kevin Lavan and Committeeman Jim DiNardo’s.
 Vincent penned the following piece in support of Congressman Frank Pallone’s efforts to ensure that uninsured children have access to quality healthcare:
“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
– Vice President Hubert Humphrey
In Washington, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6) is fighting for the progressive agenda. On Wednesday the House of Representatives approved, by a 289 to 139 margin, a record expansion of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Capitol Hill watchers expect the bill to easily pass through the Senate and reach President-Elect Obama’s desk within days of his inauguration. In addition to reauthorizing a program that presently covers seven million children, yesterday’s expansion will provide four million more with access to basic medical care.
This victory has been long coming. Both Democrats and a minority of Republicans attempted in the previous Congress to pass similar legislation, only to have their work vetoed twice by a President more interested in providing corporate welfare than extending health care to the children of the poor.

New Jerseyans should take pride in the knowledge that Congressman Pallone has led the House’s efforts toward passage of the expansion. As Chair of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, he helped draft the legislation and went to the floor to shepherd it through to final approval. Pallone’s work is consistent with his progressive principles and a reflection of his long held commitment to providing access to health care for all Americans.

The child health bill provides $32 billion to insure a total of 11 million children whose families lack the resources to pay for preventative and emergency care. Moreover, the legislation removes the discriminatory clause that excluded the children of legal immigrants – first generation Americans – from coverage.

With the economy entering recession, more than 2.6 million people lost their job last year alone – the highest one year loss since 1945. Experts estimate that for every 1 percent increase in the number of jobless, 1.5 million people lose health coverage. 47 million Americans are uninsured. Sadly, 9 million are children, and according to a recent report, 273,000 of them are from New Jersey.

Thanks in large measure to the work of Congressman Pallone, our country is one step closer to reducing that number. In doing so, we guarantee access to basic medical care for those who need it the most: our children.

Vincent Solomeno
  

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND

Press Release –
WASHINGTON, DC —Today House Democratic leaders introduced legislation to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance currently for more than 7 million children. This legislation will protect coverage for those children and expand it to include an additional 4 million children who would otherwise be uninsured.

“As our nation moves deeper into a recession, millions of American families are joining the ranks of the uninsured,” said Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Pallone. “For the last two years, President Bush blocked our efforts to strengthen SCHIP, but change is coming to Washington. This week, the House should once again show its commitment to ensuring more Americans have access to affordable and quality health care by passing legislation that will reach 11 million American children.”

“I am very proud that our first health care bill being considered in the new Congress and with a new President is to ensure health coverage to vulnerable children,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Waxman. “The legislation will provide states with sufficient funding to continue their current SCHIP programs as well as to expand them to reach 4 million more low-income uninsured children. It also makes one important improvement by allowing states, at their option, to end the 5-year waiting period for low-income, uninsured children who are legal residents. This is far from health care reform, but it is a necessary start.”

“The current economic crisis makes reauthorization of this program essential,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus Dingell. “Americans are losing their jobs at alarming rates and the CHIP program will be there to ensure our nation’s children don’t fall through the cracks. In my home state of Michigan it is expected that unemployment will rise to 11.3 percent in 2009. There is no doubt that this will only increase the number of children without health insurance, which currently stands at 142,000 children. It is clear that the time to act is now. Reauthorization of the CHIP program is a great first start as we begin our work on reforming the nation’s healthcare system.”

“I cannot think of a better investment in the future of our great nation than the health of our children,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel. “Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program is not only good policy, it also offers an important opportunity to build bipartisan consensus on a critical issue. Congressional passage and swift enactment by President-elect Obama will demonstrate that change has come to Washington and that we are moving forward to improve economic security and quality of life for American families struggling during these hard times.”

“I am proud to join with my colleagues to introduce this SCHIP improvement legislation,” said Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Stark. “With a new President, we can and should quickly enact this legislation to help millions of children maintain their health coverage, a step made all the more important by the failing economy. I am also pleased that this bill includes a provision to finally close a loophole allowing physicians to self-refer to hospitals they own. These arrangements increase health expenditures, destabilize community hospitals by pulling profit centers out of them, and potentially endanger patients’ lives.”

The bill summary and other information are available online at http://www.energycommerce.house.gov or can be e-mailed upon request.

CONTACT: Andrew Souvall/Tali Israeli
(202) 225-4671

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>HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND

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Press Release –
WASHINGTON, DC —Today House Democratic leaders introduced legislation to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance currently for more than 7 million children. This legislation will protect coverage for those children and expand it to include an additional 4 million children who would otherwise be uninsured.

“As our nation moves deeper into a recession, millions of American families are joining the ranks of the uninsured,” said Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Pallone. “For the last two years, President Bush blocked our efforts to strengthen SCHIP, but change is coming to Washington. This week, the House should once again show its commitment to ensuring more Americans have access to affordable and quality health care by passing legislation that will reach 11 million American children.”

“I am very proud that our first health care bill being considered in the new Congress and with a new President is to ensure health coverage to vulnerable children,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Waxman. “The legislation will provide states with sufficient funding to continue their current SCHIP programs as well as to expand them to reach 4 million more low-income uninsured children. It also makes one important improvement by allowing states, at their option, to end the 5-year waiting period for low-income, uninsured children who are legal residents. This is far from health care reform, but it is a necessary start.”

“The current economic crisis makes reauthorization of this program essential,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus Dingell. “Americans are losing their jobs at alarming rates and the CHIP program will be there to ensure our nation’s children don’t fall through the cracks. In my home state of Michigan it is expected that unemployment will rise to 11.3 percent in 2009. There is no doubt that this will only increase the number of children without health insurance, which currently stands at 142,000 children. It is clear that the time to act is now. Reauthorization of the CHIP program is a great first start as we begin our work on reforming the nation’s healthcare system.”

“I cannot think of a better investment in the future of our great nation than the health of our children,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel. “Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program is not only good policy, it also offers an important opportunity to build bipartisan consensus on a critical issue. Congressional passage and swift enactment by President-elect Obama will demonstrate that change has come to Washington and that we are moving forward to improve economic security and quality of life for American families struggling during these hard times.”

“I am proud to join with my colleagues to introduce this SCHIP improvement legislation,” said Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Stark. “With a new President, we can and should quickly enact this legislation to help millions of children maintain their health coverage, a step made all the more important by the failing economy. I am also pleased that this bill includes a provision to finally close a loophole allowing physicians to self-refer to hospitals they own. These arrangements increase health expenditures, destabilize community hospitals by pulling profit centers out of them, and potentially endanger patients’ lives.”

The bill summary and other information are available online at http://www.energycommerce.house.gov or can be e-mailed upon request.

CONTACT: Andrew Souvall/Tali Israeli
(202) 225-4671

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PALLONE ONCE AGAIN CHOSEN TO CHAIR POWERFUL ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) was once again chosen by his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to chair the committee’s powerful Subcommittee on Health. The New Jersey congressman served in the same position for the last two years during the 110th Congress.

The subcommittee has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the House Ways and Means Committee. The subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food, drug and device safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related concerns.

Pallone issued the following statement after being chosen again as chairman.

“It is indeed an honor to once again receive the support of my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.

“As the 111th Congress convenes, our nation faces enormous economic challenges that will impact a health care system that is already in crisis and getting worse every day. I am committed to working with President-elect Obama, the Committee and the Congress to develop an agenda that will improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans.

“Last Congress, my top priority was strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) so that 10 million children would have access to quality health care coverage. Twice, Congress passed legislation that I helped develop accomplishing this goal, but both times President Bush vetoed the bills. Next week, the House will once again vote on this very important legislation. I am confident it will pass with strong bipartisan support, and will then be signed into law by Barack Obama after he becomes president.

“I will also continue to work with my colleagues in crafting the health care provisions that will be included in the economic recovery package.

“As the original author of legislation that would temporarily increase each state’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) during this economic downturn, I will continue to push for its inclusion in the recovery package so that states can continue to provide critical health care services to those hurt most by this economic recession.

“After moving Health Information Technology (HIT) legislation through the Subcommittee last year, I am also anxious to work with my colleagues in crafting HIT provisions for the overall recovery package that will modernize our health care system, strengthen the quality of care and lower overall costs.

“In the coming weeks, I also expect to begin holding hearings on the need to overhaul our nation’s health care system. Our current health care system is not sustainable without significant reform, and I look forward to working with the Obama administration to develop comprehensive legislation that ensures every American has access to quality and affordable health coverage.

“The Subcommittee will also focus on the FDA, and the need to pass food safety legislation that includes a more thorough system to prevent contaminated food products from reaching store shelves. In order to accomplish this goal, I will once again introduce comprehensive legislation that includes the players at every stage of food production.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Subcommittee to arrive at a consensus on a generic biologics bill that will provide patients with better access to life-saving and lower cost biologic drugs.

“As chairman, I will also continue to be a strong advocate for the expansion of NIH medical research and will raise awareness about the need to improve minority health and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities that currently exist in our country.”

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PALLONE ONCE AGAIN CHOSEN TO CHAIR POWERFUL ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) was once again chosen by his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to chair the committee’s powerful Subcommittee on Health. The New Jersey congressman served in the same position for the last two years during the 110th Congress.

The subcommittee has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the House Ways and Means Committee. The subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food, drug and device safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related concerns.

Pallone issued the following statement after being chosen again as chairman.

“It is indeed an honor to once again receive the support of my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.

“As the 111th Congress convenes, our nation faces enormous economic challenges that will impact a health care system that is already in crisis and getting worse every day. I am committed to working with President-elect Obama, the Committee and the Congress to develop an agenda that will improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans.

“Last Congress, my top priority was strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) so that 10 million children would have access to quality health care coverage. Twice, Congress passed legislation that I helped develop accomplishing this goal, but both times President Bush vetoed the bills. Next week, the House will once again vote on this very important legislation. I am confident it will pass with strong bipartisan support, and will then be signed into law by Barack Obama after he becomes president.

“I will also continue to work with my colleagues in crafting the health care provisions that will be included in the economic recovery package.

“As the original author of legislation that would temporarily increase each state’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) during this economic downturn, I will continue to push for its inclusion in the recovery package so that states can continue to provide critical health care services to those hurt most by this economic recession.

“After moving Health Information Technology (HIT) legislation through the Subcommittee last year, I am also anxious to work with my colleagues in crafting HIT provisions for the overall recovery package that will modernize our health care system, strengthen the quality of care and lower overall costs.

“In the coming weeks, I also expect to begin holding hearings on the need to overhaul our nation’s health care system. Our current health care system is not sustainable without significant reform, and I look forward to working with the Obama administration to develop comprehensive legislation that ensures every American has access to quality and affordable health coverage.

“The Subcommittee will also focus on the FDA, and the need to pass food safety legislation that includes a more thorough system to prevent contaminated food products from reaching store shelves. In order to accomplish this goal, I will once again introduce comprehensive legislation that includes the players at every stage of food production.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Subcommittee to arrive at a consensus on a generic biologics bill that will provide patients with better access to life-saving and lower cost biologic drugs.

“As chairman, I will also continue to be a strong advocate for the expansion of NIH medical research and will raise awareness about the need to improve minority health and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities that currently exist in our country.”

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