Chris Murphy Message

chris-murphyDear Friends,

I want to commend you for demonstrating your support today for these important causes. I regret that I am unable to join you, but please be assured that I continue to stand with you in your efforts to raise awareness of child rights issues and blindness prevention among distressed children.

I was proud to help pass the landmark healthcare reform legislation last year because healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Earlier this year, I met with a mother in my district whose young son suffers from hemophilia. I learned that her son has to take a $3,000 injection every couple of days to manage his disease. Without health care reform, he would have likely hit his lifetime maximum on his insurance within 2 years. Because of the bill we passed last year, he will not have to face a lifetime limit and can pursue any career without worrying that he has a pre-existing condition.

Insurance companies are now banned from denying coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. An estimated 192,000 kids with a pre-existing condition in Connecticut are now protected because of this provision. Beginning in 2013, insurers will be banned from discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition. I am proud of the work that we have done to expand access to critical health care services here in the United States, but we must also find ways to address the challenges facing children elsewhere as well.

Millions of children around the world find themselves trapped in seemingly intractable poverty. Their voices are often unheard, and their stories are often untold. That is why this conference is so important. You all have raised awareness of the issues facing these children, and this gathering will provide each of you with even more resources to combat these challenges as you return home. Thank you for all that you do.

Every Best Wish,

Christopher S. Murphy
5th District, Connecticut