CHIP saved at last but Community Health Centers still at risk




Yesterday, the government reopened its doors and finally passed funding to save CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). It had been nearly 4 months since funding had run out for this critical program. With support from both sides of the aisle, Congress agreed to extend funding for 6 years -- a big help for families who rely on CHIP for the medical needs of their children.


“After an unprecedented 114-day lapse in funding for CHIP and a government shutdown, Congress extended funding for six years for the popular, bipartisan health program that serves 9 million children across the country. This action ends months of anxiety and worry for the hard-working families who rely on CHIP for life-saving health care.” ~ Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA


While this is a great victory for CHIP and the families it serves, it’s important to note that Congress has still left behind the nation’s community health centers, which serve 1 out of 12 Americans. Funding for community health centers expired on Sept. 30, 2017, at the same time as CHIP. These centers provide a range of services to low-income families and are critical for the health of the American population. If not renewed, these centers would stand to lose $3.6 billion this year.



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