CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., praised the Children's Hospital Association for urging Congress to avoid making any Medicaid cuts in its ongoing budget negotiations.
Today, more than half of all West Virginia children, and 23 percent of all West Virginians, are enrolled in Medicaid.
Earlier this week, the Children's Hospital Association sent letters to President Obama, as well as to House and Senate leaders, urging them to protect Medicaid from harmful cuts that would cut access to health care for millions of struggling Americans, including 438,000 West Virginians.
"Medicaid is a lifeline for our nation's most vulnerable families and children. We must not turn our backs on them. We have tough budget decisions to make, and it's essential that we find a real compromise solution.
"That solution should include asking the wealthiest to pay a little more, and not further burden struggling families -- especially when it comes to their health care," Rockefeller said Thursday."Our kids need the tools to succeed -- that includes making sure they grow up healthy" and helping their families escape poverty, he said.