Lincoln to Host Children's Health Insurance Forum in West Memphis Today

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln is to host a forum in West Memphis this afternoon to discuss the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  SCHIP serves as the primary funding source for ARKids First, which provides healthcare coverage for more than 66,000 children in Arkansas.  The town-hall style meeting is designed to give constituents an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding SCHIP as Congress considers its reauthorization this fall.  President Bush has threatened to veto legislation that would reauthorize the program.

The forum is set for 3 p.m. at the Schoettle Medical Education Center at Crittenden Regional Hospital, located at 200 West Tyler Street.