8 Million Children No Longer at Risk of Losing Their Health Coverage
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), set to expire this September, was extended until 2017 after President Obama signed H.R. 2, a bill that replaced Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and extended CHIP.
CHIP provides health care coverage to children whose family income are too high to qualify for Medicaid as defined by the States. According to 2013 Statistical enrollment data, an estimated eight million children were enrolled in plans funded by CHIP. Without the extension signed on April 16, these children would have lost their coverage and states would be unable to make up the difference.
NLCI applauds the bipartisan and bicameral support for this bill and the extension of CHIP.
“Health disparities among underserved children in Latino communities is an issue that requires attention by policy makers”. stated Rita Jaramillo, NLCI Board Chair. NLCI will continue to advocate for comprehensive and appropriate health care for all children. The extension of CHIP will help children get the health care they need.”
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