• Press Release
  • September 26, 2017

Children's Hospitals Eager to Work with Congress to Improve Kids' Health

CHIP and Medicaid are critical for kids

 
Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate did not advance the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest in a series of proposals that would have drastically cut Medicaid for kids. The nation’s children’s hospitals thank those lawmakers who spoke up for children in this process and ultimately helped protect the nation’s future — our kids. Children’s hospitals remain eager to work with Congress and the administration in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen coverage and care for children across the country. 

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serves over 6 million kids, and its federal funding runs out on Sept. 30. It is critical lawmakers extend funding for this popular bipartisan program for at least five years — and they should do so as quickly as possible. CHIP and Medicaid, which covers more than 30 million children in the U.S., have worked together to propel the coverage rate for children to an historic high rate of 95 percent. Coverage, benefits and access to care under these programs are critical to maintaining children’s health.
 
Ensuring each generation of kids grows up healthy is our responsibility, and the Medicaid and CHIP programs are integral parts of that mission.

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.