Renewal of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) urgedScott Rothschild
Health advocates want Kansans to contact their congressional representatives to urge them to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expires at the end of the month.
Nearly 40,000 Kansas children are covered by CHIP and cutting this program would cut their health insurance, the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas reports.
CHIP offers free or low-cost health coverage for children from working families. Since CHIP’s enactment in 1997, the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. dropped from 13.9 percent to 4.5 percent in 2015.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, serves on the Senate Finance Committee, which is working on the issue. While CHIP has received bi-partisan support in the past, health advocates fear potential attempts to attach controversial health-related provisions to a bill that renews the program. Early debate in the committee has focused on whether to reauthorize CHIP or extend it short term.