National Consumers League

NCL statement on CHIP reauthorization

January 24, 2018

Contact: Carol McKay, (202) 207-2831 or carolm@nclnet.org

Washington, DC--The National Consumers League (NCL) welcomes news that Congress and the Administration have reauthorized funding for the bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, as part of the temporary spending bill to end the government shutdown. After an unprecedented 114-day lapse in funding, the nine million children and pregnant women who rely on the program for life-saving care can be confident that their coverage will not be snatched away from them, and states who had been scrambling to bridge the gap in funding may finally move towards a state of normalcy. CHIP has been integral in decreasing the number of uninsured children and ultimately improving their health outcomes, by bringing access to regular doctor visits, immunizations, essential prescription medications, and emergency services within reach. While we are pleased that this most urgent need has been filled, we will remain steadfast in ensuring that support for the health and well-being of America’s children is never again subject to partisan, political gamesmanship.

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