CHIP extension gains new momentum

By: Meg Booth

Political momentum for the extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) received an important boost yesterday when Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced Pro-CHIP, a new bill to extend funding for the program through 2019. We have written numerous blog posts on the critical role CHIP plays in providing affordable, age-appropriate care for working families. Within hours, Sen. Brown’s bill received unanimous sponsorship by the Senate Democratic Caucus, signaling what a high priority it is for policymakers. 

Historically, CHIP has enjoyed strong bipartisan support from its passage by a Republican-controlled Congress in 1997 to the 41 governors who recently sent letters to Congress voicing support for CHIP.

Within hours, Sen. Brown’s bill received unanimous sponsorship by the Senate Democratic Caucus, signaling what a high priority it is for policymakers.

In Friday’s New York Times, former Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and former Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) co-authored an opinion column urging Congress to extend CHIP’s funding. They summed up what is at stake: “No child in America should be denied the chance to see a doctor when he or she needs one — but if Congress doesn’t act soon, that’s exactly what might happen.”

We encourage you to contact your Members of Congress to express your support for a swift four-year extension of CHIP.  See our talking points and other helpful resources here.

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