CHILDREN’S HEALTH PROGRAM EXTENSION PASSES HOUSE
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed out of the House of Representatives today extending funding for the successful State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
This legislation, known as the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, provides five years of federal appropriations for CHIP while also extending funding for vital public health programs.
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a means-tested program that provides health coverage to targeted low-income children and pregnant women in families that have annual income above Medicaid eligibility levels but have no health insurance. CHIP is jointly financed by the federal government and states, and the states are responsible for administering CHIP.
“The CHIP program provides care for some of the most vulnerable children across the nation, and this should have been reauthorized months ago, said Cramer. “Unfortunately, what’s typically a bipartisan bill, has been held up by Democrats who are opposed to adding a small premium to Medicare recipients making more than a half-million dollars a year to help pay for children’s health insurance. Unlike the Senate’s companion bill, the House is taking the fiscally responsible step of ensuring our bill is fully paid for and will not increase the federal deficit. I strongly urge the Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible.”
The legislation includes:
- Five Year Extension of The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): The bill extends CHIP funding through FY 2022 and ensures children continue to receive coverage through state CHIP programs rather than through the ACA exchanges and Medicaid.
- 2 Year Extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): The bill extends funding for these centers for two years through the Community Health Center Fund. The bill provides $3.6 billion per year.
- 2 Year Extension of Important Public Health Programs: Funding for the National Health Service Corps ($300M), Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education ($127M), Family-to-Family Health Information Centers ($6M), the Youth Empowerment Program ($75M), and the Personal Responsibility Education Program are included in this bill. Also extends the special diabetes program by two years ($150M).
- Medicaid Funding for Territories: The bill includes over $1 billion for the Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to help shore up those programs so patients can receive access to care.
- Averts FY2018 and FY2019 Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Reductions: The bill eliminates the $5 billion reductions included in Obamacare that reduced funding for hospitals, and specifically rural hospitals.
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