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Keeping Kids Safe: Congress Needs to Act on CHIP Program

September 07, 2017 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Hearings, Medicaid

Parents have a lot on their minds this time of year. First days of school, after-school activities, drop off and pick up are just some of the things keeping parents on their toes this Fall. Luckily, for the millions of parents whose children are insured by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Congress is eager to make sure, “find new health insurance,” isn’t added to the to-do list. 

Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing is a welcome step in Congress’ work to extend CHIP. Our patients, the kids covered by CHIP and their parents, depend on the peace of mind that insurance coverage provides. Hospitals will be ready to take care of those kids when the inevitable playground spills or sports injuries occur and we don’t want their parents to think twice about seeking treatment. We know Congress wants the same.

While Congress’ Fall agenda is crowded, there is no doubt that keeping kids insured and making sure America’s hospitals can serve them is an important priority. We appreciate Congress’ work to extend CHIP and encourage both chambers to also focus on delaying the scheduled Medicaid DSH cuts and extending the important Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare Dependent Hospital programs. By taking these actions, Congress can help hospitals fulfill our commitment to delivering the best care to kids in all parts of our nation while allowing their parents to sleep a little more restfully at night.