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National Civil Rights Groups Join Forces in Efforts to Strengthen the Health of the Nation’s Children

April 16, 2009

National Civil Rights Groups Join Forces in Efforts to Strengthen the Health of the Nation’s Children 

AAJC, CDF, NAACP, NCAI, and NCLR Unite and Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Cover Remaining Millions of Uninsured Children

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Commemorating National Minority Health Month, leading civil rights groups, including the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI),  and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill on Friday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m. to announce their partnership and outline how to realize America’s promise of covering all children, ensuring that the millions of uninsured and underinsured children are not forgotten during the health care reform debate. 

 

The groups will be joined by Neera Tanden, Counselor for Health Reform in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services where she is working on the President’s health care reform plan.  The briefing, being held in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), will be moderated by Victoria Tung, Executive Director of CAPAC.           

 

The expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program’s (CHIP) took critical steps for America’s children, but there is more work that needs to be done to cover the remaining 5-6 million uninsured children.  This coalition urges members of Congress to pass legislation this year that will ensure every child in America is provided access to quality, affordable health care.

 

WHAT:            Briefing on the plight of children in the current health care system and presentation of shared principals to ensure all children are provided access to health care in 2009

 

WHO:             Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

                        Jacqueline Johnson Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians

                        Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

                        Vincent A. Eng, Deputy Director, Asian American Justice Center

                        Neera Tanden, Counselor to the Health and Human Services Department

Victoria Tung, Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

 

WHEN:            April 17, 2009, 12:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:           2105 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

AAJC: Leonie Campbell Williams                                CDF: Ed Shelleby                                

lcampbell@AdvancingEquality.org                            eshelleby@childrensdefense.org      

(202) 492-4591                                                           (202) 662-3602                                  

           

NAACP: Chris Fleming                         NCAI:  Adam McMullin                   NCLR: Jackeline Stewart

cfleming@naacpnet.org                     amcmullin@ncai.org                        jstewart@nclr.org

(202) 463-2950 ext. 1021                   (202) 466-7767                              (202) 785-1670

 



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