Washington, D.C. — Today, President Trump signed legislation extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) for six years as part of the continuing resolution (CR) passed earlier today by Congress. This extension will ensure access to a range of pediatric services — from preventative visits to life-saving treatments — for millions of children in working families. Children’s hospitals across the nation applaud this important action on children’s health care.
On behalf of children’s hospitals and the patients and families they serve, the Children’s Hospital Association thanks Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, D-N.J., for their leadership in taking this critical step for the nation’s children. This extension will provide strong, stable funding for state CHIP programs and certainty for families.
CHIP plays a critical role in health care coverage for kids. Together, CHIP and Medicaid
provide insurance to more than 36 million children. Medicaid provides coverage for over 30 million children, and CHIP builds on that foundation to provide coverage for over 6 million children who are not eligible for Medicaid and whose families lack access to affordable health coverage for their children.
We look forward to working with Congress and the Trump Administration to prioritize and strengthen child health policy in the year ahead.