Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) including provisions benefiting the nation's children. Children's hospitals encourage Congress to continue recognizing our national priority to invest in children’s health.
The CR extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) by an additional four years, which will provide for a full decade of funding for this critical program. CHIP supports the health of children in working families across the country, and these additional years provide greater predictability for states administering the program. Together, CHIP and Medicaid
provide insurance to more than 36 million children.
The legislation also delays cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments for two years, supporting continued access to care for underinsured children. Finally, the CR provides funding for a number of programs important to the health and well-being of the nation's families, including community health centers and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals and the patients and families we serve, Children's Hospital Association supports these important provisions supporting better health care for kids and families. Children represent the future of our nation — we must invest in them now.