WASHINGTON, DC – In formal responses to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committee, governors from 39 states expressed support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and urged Congress to extend the program, noting the role the program plays in providing affordable and comprehensive coverage to children.
On July 29th, 2014, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committee sent letters to all 50 governors asking for their input to inform Congress’ action on CHIP. CHIP provides insurance coverage for over 8 million children. While the program itself is authorized through September of 2019, funding must be renewed before October 2015. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing to discuss the future of CHIP today.
Taken together, the letters indicate support for the extension of CHIP and outline a number of suggestions for program improvements that could accompany any funding reauthorization legislation. A summary of the responses can be found here and the complete individual responses can be found here.