Statement of the National Childrens Health Community Urging Quick Bipartisan Action on a Strong, Five-Year Extension of Funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program

September 6, 2017


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As advocates for children and pregnant women, we call on Congress to take immediate action to enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding. Since its inception in 1997, CHIP, together with Medicaid, has helped to reduce the numbers of uninsured children by a remarkable 68 percent. With CHIP funding set to expire on September 30, 2017, now is the time for Congress to stabilize the CHIP funding stream and protect the gains in children's health coverage that have resulted in more than 95 percent of all children in America being enrolled in some form of insurance coverage.