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Kansas delegates split on SCHIP

January 15, 2009


Kansas’ House delegation split on a bill expanding health care coverage for children from working families.

U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, and Jerry Moran, R-Hays, voted for the proposal, which passed 289-139. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, voted against.

Jenkins, whose district includes west Lawrence, said she voted no because it would cover children from families that were above low-income, which she said was beyond the original intent of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“We need to refocus the SCHIP program on the people it was created for — low-income children,” Jenkins said in a news release.

And she said the legislation increased the opportunity for fraud by enabling illegal immigrants to enroll in the program.

But Gary Brunk, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children, said Jenkins’ statements were “mistruths and distortions of the actual legislation.” He said the legislation would not cover illegal immigrants.

“I am very disappointed in Congresswoman Jenkins’ vote today on SCHIP,” Brunk said.


avoice 9 years, 4 months ago

"I am very disappointed in Congresswoman Jenkins’ vote today on SCHIP,” Brunk said.I have a strong feeling we are going to be very disappointed in most everything that Lynn Jenkins does during her term in office.

yankeelady 9 years, 4 months ago

Since Lynn Jenkins election was very disappointing, I don't expect anything else from her.

Lonestar1 9 years, 4 months ago

Jenkins has shown her colors, she will follow the Bush/RNC philosophy right down the drain. Who cares what is good for Kansas, the 2nd District or much less helpless children. She will continue the spread the stuff that makes the grass grow for the next two years! Every concerned voter needs to be flooding her office with letters, emails and phone calls every time something important comes up. If nothing else, the she will know how the people of her district feel. Take a few minutes and contact Jenkins, tell her no more BS or distortions. She works for us so we need to be on her back!

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