Federal lawmakers fund CHIP for six years

By: Colin Reusch

UPDATE: In the afternoon of January 22, the U.S. House passed the Senate-approved measure to fund and reopen the government and extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. The president subsequently signed the bill into law. Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) appreciates the many individuals and organizations who joined us in urging lawmakers to approve a multi-year extension of CHIP. Your calls, emails, and social media messages pressing lawmakers to extend CHIP long-term helped secure this six year renewal. We are pleased this measure has finally brought relief to states and to the struggling families of 9 million children nationwide who count on CHIP's medical and dental coverage. CDHP will continue to work with our partners on solutions to protect and ensure the long-term stability of this essential program.

The U.S. Senate voted on January 22 to pass a very short-term bill that funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. This bill includes a six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Although a 10-year extension makes the most sense because of the cost savings and stability that would provide provides states, children and families, we are relieved that Congress has finally taken action on a multi-year extension.

If approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, this bill will put families' minds at ease, knowing their children's medical and dental coverage will not be disrupted.

The Children's Dental Health Project will provide an update once the U.S. House has voted on this measure. CDHP and our partners will continue to work towards policy solutions that ensure the long-term stability of the CHIP program for those who will need to count on it for years to come.

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