Washington, D.C. – As Congressional Republicans continue to stonewall any movement on reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and other important public health programs, Congressman Eliot L. Engel is cosponsoring a bill (H.R. 4541) that reauthorizes all of these programs – without stripping funds from other health care priorities.
Funding for CHIP, known in New York as “Child Health Plus,” expired on September 30th, putting health care for nine million American kids at risk. H.R. 4541 fully extends CHIP for five years, and Community Health Centers and other important public health programs for two years. This bill also takes important steps to address the critical health care needs of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This proposal stands in stark contrast to the House Republican plan which robs the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare.
“For months, Congressional Republicans have stalled any meaningful bipartisan action on CHIP and other important health programs, and instead have chosen an unacceptable path that strips health care away from hundreds of thousands of people, sabotages the Affordable Care Act, and undermines Medicare,” Engel said. “It’s long past time for Congress to fund health care for more than 600,000 children here in New York who are living healthier lives today thanks to CHIP.”
Please note this press release was originally published on December 6, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.