Follow up to “We expect our children to complete their homework on time. Shouldn’t we expect the same from Congress?” posted on November 8, 2017.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Child Health Plus in New York, expired 75 days ago on September 30. Together, Child Health Plus and Medicaid cover more than 2.6 million children in New York State. New York also has universal health insurance for kids thanks in large part to these two vitally important programs. This delay in CHIP funding renewal puts the health of all of these children at risk. Congress must act now to renew CHIP funding before any child in New York or the nation loses their health coverage.
HCFANY’s Children, Youth, and Families Task Force is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to Congress urging them to renew funding for CHIP for at least five years. You can sign your organization on to the letter here. Sign-ons will be accepted until December 18, at 12 PM noon.
For more information on why CHIP is so important to New York’s kids, you can view our fact sheet here.