FIRM Spotlight: NAKASEC and NWFCO: SCHIP Passes, HUGE Victory for Immigrant Children

GYI0000664309.jpgLast week, SCHIP (the State Children's Health Insurance Program) passed the Senate, ensuring that 11 million children from low-income families will have needed health insurance. This is a HUGE win for immigrant rights and healthcare and FIRM is so proud of the tireless work done by our partners to make this happen. NAKASEC and NWFCO, both members of FIRM and the Health Rights Organizing Project, helped lead the fight for immigrant children's healthcare.

“Everyone who lives and works in the United States should be able to get the medical care that they need. Reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program is a great first step towards larger healthcare reforms that would benefit everyone,” says EunSook Lee, Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC).

The Korean Resource Center (KRC) conceived of, and co-led with NAKASEC, a national campaign to achieve access to affordable health insurance for children and their families, towards the larger goal of universal coverage. As part of the Health Rights Organizing Project, the two groups collaborated with others to stage a related art exhibit this past week in Washington, DC. Delegations of exhibited young artists and campaign organizers met with legislators about the importance of promoting healthcare for all children.

You can learn more about the campaign and the exhibit at their website

And thanks to everyone who called, faxed and emailed their Senators to ensure the bill passed. This feels like a true turning point for our New Congress. Many conservative Senators put forward amendments trying to turn the bill into a proxy war for their anti-immigrant agenda, but we refused to let that happen. It is time that our government stood up for the rights of children and immigrants - lets hope this is just the beginning.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality.