Arkansas Delegation Working to Provide Health Insurance for Kids

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation says they will urge their colleagues to reauthorize a program that could provide $547 million over the next five years to supply health insurance for uninsured children in the state.

In a conference call yesterday, U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Mike Ross, all Democrats, said they would work to ensure the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The children's health insurance program, known as SCHIP or ARKids B in Arkansas, will expire unless Congress renews it by September 30.  Congress is expected to vote on the measure in the coming months.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)