Below is a statement from Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie on Speaker Tom Craddick’s decision to send back to committee HB 109, a bill to restore funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program:
“By killing legislation that would restore much-needed CHIP funding, Speaker Craddick killed the chance for thousands of Texas children to finally obtain health care without an emergency room visit.
Under Craddick’s heavy-handed rule, our state’s uninsured rate continues to climb, while the CHIP rolls drop. This is yet another slap in the face for the hard-working Texas parents who simply can’t afford for their kids to get sick.
I applaud Democrats in the State Legislature who have worked to undo the damage caused by the Republican failure to restore full funding to CHIP and remove the red tape that has prevented far too many children from getting the health care they need.”