NY warns HHS over children's health care funding delay

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately vote on CHIPS legislation and other measures to stabilize insurance markets and renew funding for community health centers. With a lot of bipartisan support for this widely popular program, Congress needs to act.

Howard Zucker wrote to the Trump administration on Wednesday to warn that if Congress does not renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the coming weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo "will have no choice but to call" lawmakers back to Albany for a special session.

Cuomo slammed Congress for not renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program before it expired on October 1, a failure that could cost the state $1 billion in funding. Many states across the country will run out of money to cover their residents even sooner than Virginia. The timeline for this varies by state, but the only way to avoid confusing messages to families is for Congress to cleanly extend CHIP for five years.

Together with Medicaid, CHIP has helped bring children's coverage rates to a historic high of over 95 percent as of 2016, an increase from 92.9 percent in 2013-the year before the ACA was fully implemented.

Our national focus should now be on finding common ground in health care, and CHIP is the flawless opportunity to start working together.

The House and Senate have both passed CHIP funding bills through committees, but partisan divisions over how to pay for the program's extension in the House have caused delays.

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