Earlier this evening, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) participated in a press conference calling on Democrats to stop playing politics with funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The press conference fell on the eve of the House’s consideration of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund government operations, which includes a six-year extension for CHIP.
Detailing the Democrats’ delays throughout the legislative process and their resistance to reaching a bipartisan agreement, Chairman Walden stated, “It’s time. Enough’s enough.”
Click HERE to watch Chairman Walden’s remarks (starting at 16:20).
In November, the House passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act by a bipartisan vote. H.R. 3922 extends funding for CHIP, Community Health Centers, and other important public health programs.
H.R. 3922 was fully offset through responsible reforms like reducing federal subsidies for seniors earning more than $500,000 each year (or $40,000 each month) by limiting government contributions for their Part B and D premiums, and disenrolling lottery jackpot winners from Medicaid to prioritize the most vulnerable.
Last month, the House acted to provide short-term funding for states to continue their CHIP programs, giving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) greater flexibility over the use of redistribution funds.