Washington, D.C. — Children’s hospitals across the country, on behalf of the patients and families they serve, commend United States Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for their recent announcement that they have come to an agreement on a five-year funding extension
for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP). By supporting a five-year extension of funding, the Committee is prioritizing stability for children. The Children’s Hospital Association applauds the Committee for taking this step forward, and we call on Congress to fund this critical program before its Sept. 30 deadline.
covers more than 30 million pediatric lives, CHIP covers an additional 6 million kids whose families earn slightly too much to qualify for Medicaid but lack access to other insurance options. Created in 1997 with strong bipartisan support, CHIP was designed with children in mind and includes child appropriate benefits, access to pediatric providers and cost-sharing limits to protect vulnerable children and families.
Healthy children grow up to become healthy adults, and CHIP helps ensure that the children covered by it are able to reach their full potential. The Finance Committee leaders’ agreement would give states the stability needed not only to plan for the future, but to innovate within the CHIP program. This agreement would also give families across our nation peace of mind and help ensure that children who need coverage get it.
Children’s hospitals thank lawmakers for taking this crucial step towards providing strong funding for CHIP for the next five years. We look forward to the next steps, including reviewing legislative language and working with Congress to pass a long-term bipartisan extension of CHIP before the Sept. 30 deadline. An investment in CHIP is an investment in the future of our nation.