Yakima, WA - Senator Maria Cantwell says a bill recently passed by the senate will provide healthcare to more than 11,000 children in Yakima and the Tri-Cities.
The senator talked about the bill at Children's Village in Yakima this afternoon.
The Children's Health Insurance Program provides 35-billion-dollars in federal money for health insurance to children from low-income, working families.
"This is a cost effective way for working families whose employees don't provide insurance to set access to a program that'll basically save the entire system money," says Senator Cantwell.
President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, but Cantwell says it is veto proof because it passed in the senate by a 68 to 31 margin.